Associate Dean; Faculty:
Production Design (2010)
B.A. in Music Theory and Composition, Cornell University; M.F.A. in
Production, Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Grillo joined
Carolina School of the Arts
(now the University of North Carolina School of the Arts) in 1983. He
has spent the majority of his career at
UNCSA on the faculty of the School of Design & Production,
where he served as
an Assistant Dean and the Director of the Graduate Program. He
was instrumental in helping achieve
national recognition and commendation for that school’s
undergraduate and graduate programs and in growing the
school’s enrollment from
under 70 to over 200 students.
instructor, he taught extensively in the technical training program,
directed for over fifteen years. In
he was awarded both the NCSA Faculty Teaching Award and the UNC Board
Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
over thirty years of teaching in higher education, he has offered
courses on graphic communication, project management, structural
development, theatre technology, and theatrical design.
In recent years,
Mr. Grillo has
led the faculty
development effort at UNCSA, assisting faculty with their transition
professional world to the world of education.
the Director of the Faculty Enrichment Center, he focused his
attention on the use of technology in the teaching of artists, and was
staunch supporter of the institution’s efforts to redesign
its courses in
response to 21st
century teaching and learning sensibilities.
Mr. Grillo has
technical director and/or lighting
designer for a number of residential performing companies including the
University of Evansville, Carnegie Mellon Theatre Company, Cornell
Theatre, Ithaca Summer Repertory, the Hangar Theatre, North Carolina
Shakespeare Festival, National Black Theatre Festival, and the
Little Theatre. In film and television he has undertaken construction
technical work for WQED in Pittsburgh and on a feature film directed by
Grillo was president and
general manager of North Carolina Scenic Studios, a professional design
construction studio that provided production support for the
corporate event segments. He holds memberships in the United States
for Theatre Technology (USITT), the International Alliance of
Employees (IATSE), and the American Institute of Steel Construction