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Steven McLean

Professor of Design and Technical Theatre
Steven Mclean brings a talent and expertise in all aspects of theatrical design and production to Opera and Theatre Productions in Simpson College’s Blank Preforming Arts Center and a dedication to student learning to the courses that he teaches in the Theatre design/tech curriculum.


Steven McLean serves as a professor, a mentor, a work-study supervisor, with Theatre Simpson students, working to nurture their interest and talent in design and technical theatre.  He also contributes set, lighting, prop and sound designs and technical direction to Theatre Simpson productions and remains active in the industry, designing professionally for area professional companies, corresponding regularly with industry colleagues and through continuing affiliation with USITT and KCACTF.



Theatrical Set Design and production

Scene Painting

Theatrical Lighting Design and production

Theatrical Sound Design and production

Theatrical Makeup Design and production

Stagecraft and Technical Direction

Vectorworks: CAD Drafting



The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement award s

Scenic Design on Lysistrata Jones. (Simpson College, January 2014)

Scenic Design on Winter’s Tale. (Simpson College, January 2013)

Lighting Design on Alice’s Trip: A Movement Adventure. (Simpson College, January 2013)

Scenic Design on Back Story. (Simpson College, January 2010)

Scenic Design on To Fool The Eye. (Simpson College, January 2003)

Scenic Design on Measure for Measure. (Simpson College, January 1993)

Indianola/Simpson Community Service Award, presented by the Indianola Chamber of Commerce and given annually to a Simpson College community member engaged in significant and valuable service to the Indianola community (January 2000)

1986 Graduate Exhibition Award Winner: The Pennsylvania State University.  Exhibit Title:  "Modern Shakespearian Scene Design: A Case Study of An Original Scenic Solution of Hamlet"(The Pennsylvania State University, March 1986)

The American College Theatre Festival Commendation for Scenic and Costume Design on Between Daylight and Boonville. (University of Evansville, January 1982)



MFA:  Design and Technical Theatre, The Pennsylvania State University in 1986

BA:  Secondary Education:  Speech, Communication and Theatre, Drama Emphasis in 1982

BS:  Theatre and Associated Studies in 1982



One or more designs or technical positions for each of over 169 productions since 1992 for companies including Theatre Simpson, Opera/Music at Simpson, DMMO, Stage West and The Winterset Stage.

Publishes the Blog:  designandtechtheatre.wordpress.com with 84 posts and counting since 2011