Mary Tarantino

Professor, Theatre, Associate Chair for Production, Director of the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute

Mary Tarantino is the resident lighting designer for the Department of Theatre. She also serves as director of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute. She has presented at SIGGRAPH, ATHE, USITT, IFTR, and Showlight. She co-authored a chapter for Working Memory: Women and Work in World War II published in 2015 and has contributed to Lighting Dimensions, Entertainment Design, Performing Arts Resources, and an essay for Late and Great: American Designers 1960-2010. Selected design credits include The Secret Garden at the Shubert Theatre (New Haven), A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Virginia Arts Festival and the Buffalo Philharmonic, Karamu House and Players Theatre. Recently she was a co-project investigator, exhibit designer and lighting designer for The Camouflage Project, which premiered at Ohio State in 2011 and toured to Maryland.

Research Interests:
Lighting Design and Technology
Women and War
Large-Scale Building Projection

Areas of Expertise
  • Lighting Design and Technology
  • M.F.A., University of Massachusetts
  • B.A., Marquette University

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Department of Theatre
Rm 1089 Drake Events Center
1849 Cannon Dr.