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Michael Lincoln, M.F.A

  • Professor of Lighting Design
    Director of the Theater Division
    Artistic Director of Tantrum Theater
  • College of Fine Arts
  • lincolnm@ohio.edu
  • 740-593-4818
  • 917-301-5173
  • Faculty Website

Areas of Expertise:
Careers in Theater, Lighting Design, Professional Theater, Theater, Theatrical Production

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Michael Lincoln's professional lighting design career includes designing well over 300 productions in theatre, opera and dance. He has designed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally for over 35 years, with a few if his career highlight's including the Broadway and national tours of Copenhagen, the Broadway production of David Hare’s Skylight, the Tantrum Theater productions of Next to Normal and Caroline or Change, the Playwrights Horizons production of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin and the Cleveland Play House production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

His multiple Broadway credits as an Associate Designer include hit revivals of Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes and original productions of City of Angels, Six Degrees of Separation and Lend Me a Tenor as well as the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. His Off-Broadway designs are wide ranging.

Lincoln's extensive regional credits include long associations with Indiana Repertory Theatre (since 1984), Alley Theatre in Houston and the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  He has consulted on renovations for both Indiana Repertory Theatre and Studio Theatre, where he designed lighting systems for two new theatres and all support spaces in the three-building complex. Michael had multi-year associations with Los Angeles Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Santa Fe Opera and Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY.

He taught for 14 years at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and for two years at the University of Southern California.  He first guest designed for the OHIO School of Theater in 1989 and returned on three more occasions. Michael’s full-time teaching career began at the School of Theater in 2003. He served as Head of the Production Design and Technology Program from 2007-2012. Since 2012 he has served as the Artistic Director and Director of the Theater Division. He was a driving force in the creation of Tantrum Theater, the professional theater of OHIO University and began serving as Artistic Director in 2018.

Awards: L.A. Drama Critics' Circle, Drama Logue, Corbin Patrick and USITT Ezekiel, Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a B.A. in theater from Knox College and an M.F.A. in Stage Design from Brandeis University.

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