Cynthia Stillings

Cynthia Stillings is Associate Dean of the College of the Arts and Professor of Theatre at Kent State University and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught lighting design, lighting technology, production and stage management and theatre management. She designs regionally and nationally and has been a guest artist and teacher at Case Western Reserve University, Radford University, Wright State University, Oberlin College and The Ohio State University. She was Resident Lighting Designer for Cleveland Opera for many years. Other regional theatre, opera and dance credits include Great Lakes Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Skylight Opera Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse Square, The Cincinnati Ballet, Porthouse Theatre Company, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Phoenix Theatre Circle, Cain Park Theatre, The Contemporary American Theatre Company, Madison Repertory Theatre, and Player's Theatre Columbus where she designed an award winning production of Assassins. She was awarded the 1996 Peggy Ezekial Award for design excellence for her work on Cleveland Opera's Man of La Mancha.