J. David Blatt

J. David Blatt

Assistant Professor of Scenic Design

School of Theatre Arts and Dance
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

Phone
(970) 351-1188
Office
Frasier 108B

Education

David holds an Associate Degree in Theatre from Casper College and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Utah.

Professional/Academic Experience

David has taught for the last twenty years at a variety of schools, including Tulsa University, Wichita State University, Idaho State University and most recently Viterbo University. He holds the rank of Associate Professor and was tenured at Wichita State University. David has designed sets and lights for over eighty productions but has also served as director, technical director, production stage manager, property master and scenic charge artist for many more. He most recently designed his third season with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival including Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, and Art. Past Seasons included The Tempest, MacBeth, and Illyria, an eclectic rock musical telling of Twelfth Night by John Briggs. He has also enjoyed many years with the William Inge Festival, designing tributes for and meeting playwrights, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Tina Howe, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, as well as the invitation to design the 25th year Anniversary. Other notable professional work includes Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Christmas Carol with Off Square Theatre in Jackson, Wyoming, several seasons with Creede Repertory Theatre, Promised Valley Playhouse, and the Wayside Theatre. He has been honored several times with Design Excellence Awards from ACTF, sending two designs to the Kennedy Center, received the Creative Design Excellence Award from Wichita State, and worked with USITT on several conferences, both presenting information and organizing design exhibits.