Charles Murdock Lucas

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Associate Professor
Head of Scenic Design and Integrated Media

Theatre, Television, and Film
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA, 92182
Office: DA 209

Charles Murdock Lucas, MFA (University of North Carolina School of the Arts 2011) is a scene and media designer based in San Diego, California. He has designed for companies across the United States and internationally at the Sofia National Opera and Ballet in Bulgaria, and the Daejeon Arts Center in the Republic of Korea. Companies in the USA include: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Barter Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, American Stage, the Duke City Repertory Theatre, the Ohio Light Opera, freeFall Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, Flux Theatre Ensemble (NYC), Virginia Stage Company, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Eastman Opera Theatre, PCPA, Cygnet Theatre, and more. He has also served as the Resident Scene Designer for the Duke City Repertory Theatre, the Ohio Light Opera, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Luna Stage.

Awards and honors received include: the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase sponsored by OPERA America for production concepts for The Cradle Will Rock, the USITT Scene Design Award sponsored by Rose Brand, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Fellowship in Scene Design, and the USITT Young Designers Forum. His work has been exhibited at: the 2019 and 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Mozawa’s Y PORTRAITS: AWAKENING in Chicago, and the DELURK Gallery. Selected images of his designs for The Whipping Man, The Tempest, Trifles, and Krapp’s Last Tape are published as illustrations for Scene Design and Stage Lighting 10th Edition by R. Craig Wolf and Dick Block. He was also on the board of advisers for the first ever OPERHACK in 2019, sponsored by San Diego Opera, and Microsoft, a first-of-its-kind gathering of artists, designers, and technology experts from around the world dedicated to the advancement of the art form of Opera.

He is the Head of Scene Design, and Head of Projection & Integrated Media Design for the BA and MFA programs at San Diego State University. He teaches scene design, projection and integrated media design, drafting, digital painting, advanced media design and animation, collaborative studies, and more. Murdock is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 New York, Scenic Design Category.

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