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Introduction to Design


Jim Thurston teaches TD 135-Introduction to Design. Professor Thurston is the Chair and Resident Designer for the Department of Theater and Dance. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Theater Design Program at the School of Communication. His specialties include Scenography, Scene Design and Light Design, Theater Architecture and Performance Space, and Computer Aided Design for Theater. In addition to TD 135, Professor Thurston teaches TD 235-Intermediate Design, TD 265/365-Topics in Design, TD 265-Architectural Imaging, and Independent Studies in Scenographic Theory and Practice.

Professor Thurston's design credits include over 120 plays, musicals, and modern dance. His website presents a range of his academic and professional work. This spring he is the Design Director for the Department of Theater and Dance mainstage production the New Works Festival and is a design mentor with Professor Bruce Maxwell (Computer Science) for senior Christine Francis' multimedia performance capstone project Devolution.

Professor Thurston's research centers on innovation and aesthetic change in scenography for contemporary dance. He investigates evolving aesthetic shifts due to the impact of the digital age on choreography, performance, and scenography. From 2010 through 2011 he was the principal of a CBB Mellon Foundation grant titled "Live Performance and Digital Media: Expanding Creative and Pedagogical Opportunities" and continues to research the relationship between choreography, scenography and digital media.

Office: Runnals 305 (3rd floor--look for the orange door).

Office Phone: (207) 859-4525.

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: Monday 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., or by appointment.