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James Murphy

James Murphy

Associate Professor
Chair, General Education Committee
Head, M.F.A. Technology/Design
Production Manager/Technical Director, Swine Palace
LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts

What was your previous position and where?

I was an assistant professor, production manager and technical director at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

What brought you to LSU?

LSU Theatre has a more robust faculty and staff to offer the training to students and to work with as colleagues; the graduate programs in residence, as well as the opportunity to grow programs in design/tech/production; and the research and professional activity opportunities.

What are your research interests?

My research interests include stage automation, particularly in utilizing programmable logic controllers for live entertainment applications; body preparation for technical theatre work; and the current and varied impact of live theatre in our global community.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I hope to establish a thriving M.F.A. program in scenic technology and design, continue exploration of and presentation on the international stage, and guide young talent to explore the depth of their passion in the craft of theatre while developing a strong foundation and disciplined approach to the process of the work.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I enjoy the support from LSU Theatre in research and scholarly growth activities, and the program emphasis by Swine Palace of works of social awareness.

What are your major accomplishments?

My major accomplishments include:
  1. Set designer for Swine Palace's 2007 world premiere production of "Cocktail," which was honored by inclusion at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, the world’s largest theatre design exhibition and competition. Original designs by LSU Theatre faculty E.J. Cho in sound design and myself in set design, as well as LSU alumna Polly Boersig in costume design were on display at the exhibit. The United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s national exhibit featured 35 productions chosen from entries spanning from Broadway to one-person devised works, all centered around the exhibit’s theme, “On the Edge.”
  2. Established the curriculum for the M.F.A. in scenic technology and design specialization
  3. Lighting designer for Swine Palace's production of "Always, Patsy Cline."
  4. Lighting designer and production manager for Swine Palace’s production of the late and influential feminist Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Heidi Chronicles," which toured for 21 days in Shanghai and Beijing and had sold-out runs at two premier arts organizations, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing.
  5. Set designer, lighting designer and production manager for the LSU Theatre Mainstage’s 2009 production of "Antigone," which performed at the Young Theatre Festival in Seoul, South Korea. LSU Theatre was honored as the only American university invited to perform at the festival. This extraordinary opportunity allowed LSU Theatre students and faculty to visit and work alongside Korean professionals, as well as build lasting relationships.
  6. Lighting designer and production manager for the LSU Theatre’s 2008 production of "Love Still Unrequited," which performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. "Love Still Unrequited" was a piece LSU Theatre Professor Nick Erickson developed and directed based loosely on Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night."
  7. Mentored a senior electrical engineering group as they designed and implemented a programmable logic controller drive system for a chain driven turntable.

 




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