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Joshua Blackmer 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: A Christmas Carol, The Pirates of Penzance, 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 Dracula, The Shape of Things, The Ice Wolf, Bat Boy, Oleanna, and Into the Woods.


Williamson’s current research is documenting legacy stage lighting equipment and he participates in ETC’s Beta Test Program for Ion/Element control systems.


Williamson is a member of USITT’s Lighting Commission. Previously, he served as the Vice-Commissioner for the Light Lab project for six years. He is a journeyman member of IATSE Local 578, an ETCP certified entertainment electrician, and a member of the Metropolitan Theatre Commission in Morgantown, WV.  Williamson is also an active member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.