Steve McLean

Professor of Theatre Arts

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I have taught on the undergraduate level since 1986 and have taught at Simpson College and Theatre Simpson since 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 Lysistrata Jones and A Winter’s Tale, set and lighting design and technical direction for Alice’s Trip: a movement adventure and lighting design and technical direction for The Glass Menagerie.   Other Theatre Simpson set and lighting design and technical direction credits include: Back StoryAntigone: Speaking Truth, Twelfth Night, Macbeth and The Triumph of Love.  Other Theatre Simpson set design and technical direction include: Eurydice,  Henry V, 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 and lighting design and technical direction for Die Fledermaus, technical direction for Albert Herring and set designs and technical direction for Cendrillon (Cinderella), The Magic Flute, The Mikado, The Marriage of Figaro,  Falstaff, and The Consul.

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 DistractedThe Divine Sister and Picasso at the Lapin Agile and for Opera Iowa with set designs for 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, coordinating the Stage Crew Showdown (a popular technical theatre event at festival) for the past three 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 in Long Beach in 2012).

I am very proud of the remarkable addition that Simpson College recently built onto Blank Performing Arts Center and  with my role as Liaison between  the administration, Theatre Simpson, the architects and the builders.  The addition provides great teaching spaces and  fantastic learning spaces for our students.

I earned a  BS in Theatre and Associated Studies and a BA in Education:  Speech, Communication and Theatre from The University of Evansville and an MFA in Design and Technical Theatre from The Pennsylvania State University.

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