Steven McDonald

Associate Professor; Chair, Theatre

What I do

My emphasis is Theatre Design, Technology and Management. I am a Technical Director, Production Manager and Sound Designer. I focus on planning and engineering during the collaborative process of building structures for Theatre productions.

Professional Biography

Steven is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver, where he serves as the Chair & Technical Director for the Department of Theatre. Recent local design work includes Tech Direction with NYC-based Creative Endeavor Office and the Lamont Opera Theatre, as well as designs for the Aurora Fox, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, PACE, Phamaly, Athena Project, Little Theatre of the Rockies, Systryst Theatre, and Edge Theatre Company. Steven has worked for a variety of performing arts organizations, including the Seattle Rep, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Single Carrot Theatre, the Colorado Dance Festival, Rocky Mountain Revels, and 22 seasons with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. At DU, Steven teaches Stage Management, Sound Design, Properties, Lighting and Stage Technology. Steven earned his MFA in Theatre Design & Production from the University of California, Irvine.


  • MFA, Theatre Design & Production, University of California, 1994
  • BA, History, University of Colorado, 1990
  • BA, Theatre, University of Colorado, 1990
  • Certificate, Secondary Education, University of Colorado, 1990

Professional Affiliations

  • United State Institute of Technical Theatre


My research focuses on two areas: Sound design for theatrical performance, and management and construction for theatre companies.

Areas of Research

Theatre arts management Theatre production management Theatre sound design Theatre technical theatre