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Joseph Tilford

Joseph P. Tilford
Dean of the School of Design and Production (2003)

Joe Tilford earned a B.G.S. and an M.A. from the University of Cincinnati. He served as director of M.F.A. programs in design and directing and chair of the Design Studies Program at Northwestern University, was head of the Theatre Design and Technology Program at Wright State University, and was on the design faculty at Cornell University.

Mr. Tilford is also an award-winning free-lance set and lighting designer. His credits include designs at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, Chicago’s Next Theatre, the Human Race Theatre, Organic Theatre Company, Shakespeare on the Green in Lake Forest, Court Theatre, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, the Victoria Theatre, the Missouri Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, the Old Globe Theatre, the Cleveland Play House, Northlight Theatre, Chicago’s Touchstone Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, the Asolo Theatre, the Dayton Ballet, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Candlelight Theatre, Players Theatre of Columbus, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Mid-America Dance Theatre, and Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions.

He also has additional professional experience as a free-lance and contract technical director, production manager, and technician for organizations such as 20th Century Fox, the Cleveland Ballet, the Lexington Opera House, WNET/PBS, and Alliance Motion Pictures. In 2007 he was recognized as being among the world’s most gifted visionaries for his professional set design work. His design work has been featured in many design and gallery exhibits including the American Professional Exhibit at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic, and a solo retrospective exhibit entitled “The Designs of Joe Tilford” at the United States Institute for Theatre technology 50th Anniversary Conference.

Mr. Tilford serves on the board of the Michael Merritt Award for Achievement in Design and Collaboration and on the board of USITT. He is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” "Who's Who in Entertainment,”  "Who's Who in American Education" and “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 with cards in set design and lighting design.