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Joshua B. Williamson

Director of the School of Theatre & Dance

Professor of Lighting Design & Technology

MFA – University of Wisconsin–Madison
BFA – Ithaca College
IATSE Local #578

ETCP Entertainment Electrician

Professor Williamson has served as Director of the School of Theatre & Dance since 2007 after serving as the director of the design and technology program for four years.


With an MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Williamson has extensive professional credits as a freelance lighting designer, including designs for Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Public Theatre in Lewiston, Maine, The Theatre at Monmouth, West Virginia Public Theatre, and the West Virginia Dance Company. A brief list of some of his lighting design credits include: Terra Nova, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Hedda Gabler, Proof, The Colored Museum, My Fair Lady, the premiere of Manny’s War, and the world-premiere of the opera Mirabell: Books of Number. At WVU, Williamson’s lighting designs include Head Over Heels, Pirates of Penzance, Dracula, The Shape of Things, The Ice Wolf, Bat Boy, Oleanna, and Into the Woods.


His special event and architectural lighting designs include WVU’s iconic Woodburn Hall, the WVU Basketball pre-game light show (men’s and women’s), and the annual WVU Children’s Hospital Gala Fundraiser. Currently, Williamson is the lead designer on the Gateway Streetscape Lighting Project on the west end in Charleston, WV along West Washington Street.


Williamson’s current research involves studying the dynamics of entertainment power systems as the industry transitions to non-tungsten lighting sources.  Professor Williamson also leads WVU’s participation in ETC’s Beta Test Program for Ion/Element control systems.


Professor Williamson is a member of USITT’s Lighting Commission and has previously served as the Vice-Commissioner for Light Lab for six years. He was the director of the Light Lab/Keynote Room at USITT’s Cincinnati national conference. He is also a journeyman member of IATSE Local 578 and he is the chairperson of the Metropolitan Theatre Commission for the City of Morgantown, WV. Williamson is also an active member of the National Association of School of Theatre (NAST).

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