Mark Varns | Department of Theater | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Mark Varns

Professor of Theater/Lighting Design

Mark Varns

Office: Room 2032 – Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-5741


MFA Theater Design and Technology, University of Missouri-Kansas City


Lighting Design, Sound Design, Structural Design for Theatre, Stagecraft, Technical Direction, Drafting for the Theater, Computer Aided Design

Research and Creative Interests:

Lighting Design, Human physiological and psychological response to light, Sustainability methods and practice for theatrical production. 


Professor Varns is Professor of Theater, Director of Graduate Studies and Resident Lighting Designer. A graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Mark has worked with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Theater Co., Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Black Rep of St. Louis, New Harmony Theatre, Millikin University, McLeod Summer Playhouse, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Central Missouri Repertory Theater. Recent professional design credits include; The Foreigner at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Pericles at The Black Rep in St. Louis, Oklahoma at McLeod Summer Playhouse and Treasure Island at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.