Professor of Scenic Design, Director of Graduate Studies
PHD Speech Communication/ Theater, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 1989
MFA Scenic Design, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1978
BA Communications and Theater, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1975
Mask Carving, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater, Bali, 2003.
United Scenic Artists, Local 829, Scene Design Category (USA) United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society
Scene Design, Scene Painting, Period Styles for Theater, Properties Studio, Asian Theater, Advanced Design & Production
Research and Creative Interests:
Scenic design and history, scene painting & properties; mask making and
Ron is a member of United Scenic Artists and maintains a freelance design career designing for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, New Harmony Theater and Vitalist Theater of Chicago. Ron is also a professional mask maker and after studying mask carving in Bali hosted the International Masks of Transformation Conference here at SIU. He recently won a Jeff Award (Chicago area Theater Award) for Outstanding Technical Performance for his mask making for the Vitalist’s production of Passage to India.