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Jody Sekas
  • Jody Sekas, MFA

  • Associate Professor - Theater Arts
  • MFA (Master of Fine Arts, terminal degree), Humboldt State University, 1997
  • Theatre Arts
  • (262) 595-2581
  • sekas@uwp.edu
  • http://www.sekas.net
Biography
Jody Sekas is the Associate Professor of Scenic/Lighting Design & Technology at UW-Parkside. He comes to Parkside from Humboldt State University, CA where he taught courses in scenic design, scene painting, technical production, properties design, theatre history, and CAD and computer rendering. Prior to Humboldt, Sekas was Assistant Professor and Scenic & Lighting Designer for the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and for four seasons was the resident scenic and lighting designer for the Sioux Falls Community Playhouse in South Dakota. In addition to his resident design and collegial experience, Sekas has worked as a freelance designer and technician for such venues as the North Coast Repertory Theatre, Dell’Arte International, Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, Eau Claire Children's Theatre, Ferndale Repertory Theatre, The Western Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and on several recent independent films. Sekas received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Scenic Design and Technical Direction from Humboldt State University.
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests include scenic design, lighting design, sound design, projection design, scene painting, properties design, model making & miniatures, technical direction, computer-aided drafting, 3D rendering and animation, theatre history, and architectural history/period style.

Research Interests

Creative activity interests include theatrical scenic design, lighting design, prop management, scene painting, and directing. Additional creative activity interests include film work in production design, art direction, set decoration, and prop management. Research interests include scenic automation, devised theatre/theatre of community, and architectural & period style.

Consulting Interests

Consulting work includes the areas of scenic & lighting equipment and technology for facility renovations, cost-effective design solutions for film, and design & technology solution consultations for community and high school theatre venues.
Publications
Selected Publications

2016: Complex Shutter Cuts and More: Custom, Quick, Detailed, In-House Gobos, United States Institute of Theatre Technology (3 pp.)

Selected Awards & Honors

Research/Creative Awards

2015: The Golden Hand Truck award is the highest team honor given at the KCACTF Regional Festival. It is awarded to the production with the most professional, organized, timely, and efficient load-in and load-out of a production., Golden Hand Truck, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
2013: Award for exceptional creative work in scenic design for 'Twelfth Night', Merit Award: Scenic Design, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
2012: Award for exceptional creative work in scenic design for 'Dancing at Lughnasa', Merit Award: Scenic Design, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Key Service Activities

Departmental Service

: Chairperson - Department Chair
: Committee Member - Season Selection Committee
2014: Committee Chair - Assistant Department Chair
2013: Faculty Mentor - Advisor: Student Poster Presentation
2013: Chairperson - Development of Touring Production
2012: Other - Assessment Committee, HSU
2012: Committee Member - Marketing, Outreach, Recruitment, & Retention Committee - HSU
2012: Committee Member - Scholarship Committee - HSU
2012: Faculty Advisor - Academic Advisor (BA, MA, MFA) - HSU
2012: Committee Chair - MFA Committee - HSU
2012: Committee Member - Season Selection Committee - HSU
2012: Faculty Advisor - Student Design Adviser - HSU
2012: Faculty Advisor - USITT - Humboldt Student Chapter

College Service

2015: Committee Member - RITA Committee
2012: Committee Member - Graduate Council - HSU
2012: Other - Name Reader: HSU Commencement

Professional Service

2015: Other - KCACTF Region V
2015: Other - KCACTF Region VII
2015: Other - KCACTF Region III
2014: Other - United States Institute for Theatre Technology
2014: Other - KCACTF Region III
2014: Other - United States Institute for Theatre Technology
2014: Other - KCACTF Region VII
2013: Other - KCACTF Region III
2013: Other - United States Institute for Theatre Technology
2012: Other - United States Institute for Theatre Technology

Public Service

2012: Other - North Coast Repertory Theatre
Courses Taught

Spring 2018

THEA 50 COMPANY PARTICIPATION
THEA 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 412 MAIN STAGE DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 494 PROFES THEATRE INTERNSHIP
THEA 294 PROFESS THEATRE INTERNSHIP
THEA 380 SCENE PAINTING
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 12 THEATRE PRACTICUM II
THEA 12 THEATRE PRACTICUM II

Fall 2017

THEA 50 COMPANY PARTICIPATION
THEA 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 412 MAIN STAGE DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 494 PROFES THEATRE INTERNSHIP
THEA 294 PROFESS THEATRE INTERNSHIP
THEA 373 SCENIC DESIGN I
THEA 132 STAGECRAFT
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 12 THEATRE PRACTICUM II
THEA 12 THEATRE PRACTICUM II

Summer 2017

THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Spring 2017

THEA 112 BEHIND THE SCENES
THEA 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 363 LIGHTING AND SOUND DESIGN I
THEA 412 MAIN STAGE DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I

Fall 2016

THEA 213 ASSIST DIRECTR/STAGE MNGR
THEA 213 ASSIST DIRECTR/STAGE MNGR
THEA 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 412 MAIN STAGE DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 494 PROFES THEATRE INTERNSHIP
THEA 390 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE ARTS
THEA 132 STAGECRAFT
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 110 THEATRE APPRECIATION
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I

Summer 2016

THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 110 THEATRE APPRECIATION

Spring 2016

THEA 112 BEHIND THE SCENES
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 412 MAIN STAGE DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 160 PRINCIPLES OF THEATRE DESIGN
THEA 390 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE ARTS
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I

Fall 2015

THEA 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 412 MAIN STAGE DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 494 PROFES THEATRE INTERNSHIP
THEA 373 SCENIC DESIGN I
THEA 390 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE ARTS
THEA 132 STAGECRAFT
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I

Summer 2015

THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 110 THEATRE APPRECIATION
THEA 110 THEATRE APPRECIATION

Spring 2015

THEA 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 363 LIGHTING AND SOUND DESIGN
THEA 412 MAIN STAGE DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 494 PROFES THEATRE INTERNSHIP
THEA 294 PROFESS THEATRE INTERNSHIP
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I

Fall 2014

THEA 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 412 MAIN STAGE DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 285 PERFORMNC/PORTFOLIO DEVEL
THEA 132 STAGECRAFT
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 110 THEATRE APPRECIATION
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I

Summer 2014

THEA 110 THEATRE APPRECIATION

Spring 2014

THEA 299 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 212 INTERMED TECH PRODUCTION
THEA 412 MAIN STAGE DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 390 SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEATRE ARTS
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 312 STUDIO DESIGN/LEAD TECH
THEA 110 THEATRE APPRECIATION
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I
THEA 10 THEATRE PRACTICUM I

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