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Theater Design & Technology (BFA)

Thom Weaver is interim program director for Theater Design and Technology at UArts. He is also a lighting designer and theater-maker.


Thom Weaver’s notable designs include 

  • Sandra, by David Cale and directed by Leigh Silverman, for the Vineyard Theatre, New York, New York; 

  • David Lang’s Prisoner of the State for the New York Philharmonic and Barbican; 

  • Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s The Total Bent for The Public Theater, New York, New York; 

  • August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned and Naomi Wallace’s The Liquid Plain for Signature Theatre Company, New York, New York; 

  • Teller and Aaron Posner’s The Tempest and Macbeth for Chicago Shakespeare Theater;

  • Branches for Pilobolus;

  • Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy, Primary Stages, New York, New York, and Philadelphia Theatre Company; and 

  • Paula Vogel’s Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq and James Ijames’ Kill Move Paradise for the Wilma Theater.

Weaver’s work has also been seen at 

  • Roundabout Theatre Company, The Joyce, Signature Theater Company, all in New York, New York; 

  • Arden Theatre, New Paradise Laboratories, Wilma Theater, Theatre Exile, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Curtis Institute, Headlong Dance Theater, The Kimmel Center, all in Philadelphia; 

  • Alliance, Milwaukee Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, Indiana Rep, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre, Cherry Lane, Virginia Stage, Portland Center Stage, Folger Theatre, Asolo Rep, Theater J, Roundhouse, Two River, Hangar Theatre, CenterStage, Cal Shakes, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Urban Stages, Williamstown, Delaware Theatre Company, York Theatre, Summer Play Festival, 37 ARTS, Spoleto Festival USA, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Yale Rep, as well as internationally in London, Rotterdam, Paris, Berlin, and Barcelona.

  • His work with Pilobolus can be seen on tour throughout the U.S. and Europe.


Weaver has been a lighting designer, scenic designer, educator, artistic director, and theater- maker for over 20 years. Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, he earned his BFA from Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, and his MFA from Yale School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut. Additionally, Weaver has worked extensively as a designer in Philadelphia, New York City, and across the country and Europe.

Visit Thom Weaver’s website.

Awards & Accolades

Weaver has been recognized myriad times for his work. 

  • Six Barrymore Awards (29 nominations)

  • Helen Hayes Award (five nominations)

  • Two Jeff Awards

  • Two AUDELDCO Awards (four nominations)

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