Steve McLean

Professor of Theatre Arts

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BS Design and Technical Theatre, University of Evansville (1982)
BA Secondary Education (Speech, Communication & Theatre, University of Evansville (1982)
MFA Design and Technical Theatre, The Pennsylvania State University (1986)

I have been teaching on the undergraduate level since 1986 and began teaching at Simpson College and Theatre Simpson in 1991.  I teach courses in design and technical theatre and am a faculty Designer/Technical Director for Theatre Simpson Productions.  My recent Theatre Simpson productions include set design and technical direction for The Memory of Water, Carousel, Lysistrata Jones and A Winter’s Tale and set design, prop design and technical direction for The Night of the Soul. Other Theatre Simpson set and lighting design and technical direction credits include: Alice’s Trip: a movement adventure, Back Story, Antigone: Speaking Truth, Twelfth Night, Macbeth and The Triumph of Love.  Other Theatre Simpson set design and technical direction include: Eurydice, Henry 5, The Servant of Two Masters, A Year With Frog and Toad, Pride and Prejudice, Into the Woods, Hamlet, and One Flea Spare.  My Theatre Simpson credits also include properties design and technical direction for Learned Ladies and The Baltimore Waltz and sound design and technical direction for Tales of the Lost Formicans.

I also design and technical direct opera productions at Simpson College for Music at Simpson with recent set design and technical direction for Street Scene and Cendrillon (Cinderella), set and lighting design and technical direction for Die Fledermaus, and set designs and technical direction for The Magic Flute, The Mikado, The Marriage of Figaro, Falstaff, and The Consul among others

My professional credentials include set designs for the Des Moines Metro Opera’s productions of The Masked Ball, The Tales of Hoffmann, Ariadne auf Naxos, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Crucible.  I have also designed locally for The Winterset Stage with the set design for The Quiet Man, for Stage West with set designs for Clybourne Park, Distracted, The Divine Sister and Picasso at the Lapin Agile and for Opera Iowa with set designs for Cenerentola (Cinderella), A Dream Fulfilled: The Saga of George Washington Carver, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Hansel and Gretel, The Medium, Little Red Riding Hood and The Magic Flute.

I am active with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 5, where I have coordinated the Stage Crew Showdown (a popular technical theatre event at festival) for the past five years.  I also am a long-time member of The United States Institute of Technology (USITT), and of the Northern Boundary USITT regional organization.  I have attended several USITT conferences: the most recent Northern Boundary regional conference in Minneapolis in fall 2014 and national conference in Long Beach in 2012.

When I am not teaching at Simpson, I enjoy traveling, paddling my kayak, stand-up paddle boarding, and home remodeling.

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