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R. Lee Kennedy

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Drama
Office location and address
215 Drama Bldg.
109 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Lee is resident lighting designer for New York-based Transport Group Theatre Company and has designed their off-Broadway productions of Queen of the Mist (Henry-Hewes Design Award nomination), Hello Again, See Rock City (Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design), Being Audrey, Bury the Dead (Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design) Marcy in the Galaxy, Crossing Brooklyn, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, All the Way Home, Cul-de-sac, Normal, The Audience (Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design), First Lady Suite, Requiem for William, and Our Town.

In 2007 Transport Group received a special Drama Desk Award for its breadth of vision and presentation of challenging productions and an Obie Award Grant for it’s continuing excellence in the New York theatre scene.

Other lighting designs for Transport Group include: Down the Road (off-off Broadway); Violet, The Young Man from Atlanta, She Loves Me, and Carousel at the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, Virginia; A Streetcar Named Desire (Special Recognition Winner USITT Design Expo 1998) for The Gretna Theatre in Pennsylvania; and The Illusion for The Nevada Theatre Company in Las Vegas.

Lee’s designs for The Philadelphia Theatre Company include The Light in the Piazza (Barrymore Award for Outstanding Lighting Design) and The Outgoing Tide (Barrymore Award Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design).

Lee has designed for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival including productions of  Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scapin, Pericles, Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).

Lee’s Chicago area lighting design credits include: Pegasus Players’ The Secret Garden (Joseph Jefferson Citation for Lighting Design), Once on This Island (Joseph Jefferson Citation Recommended for Lighting Design), and Assassins (Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best Production); Piven Theatre’s revival of Mud starring Lili Taylor at Victory Gardens Theater; Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre’s Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music; as well as designs for Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Light Opera Works, and Parallax.

Lee has designed lighting for national tours of The Secret Garden, Once on This Island, Five Guys Named Moe, and A Grand Night for Singing for Big League Theatricals, New York; and was associate lighting designer for the world premier musical Men are from Mars … Women are from Venus at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Lee has also designed regularly for Heritage Theatre Festival at the University of Virginia and for The School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

As assistant lighting designer Lee has worked at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C., The Lyric Opera of Chicago; Ballet Chicago; Networks Tours; Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, Illinois; and was resident assistant at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre for three years.

From 1998-2002 Lee was resident lighting designer for Operafestival di Roma/Operestate in Rome, Italy where he has designed productions of The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, The Merry Widow, and Cosi fan tutte.

Lee has a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design from Northwestern University and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

DRAM 2110: Lighting Technology
Credits: 3
Studies the basic techniques for moving the lighting design from drafted plot through finished design, including equipment, dimming and control systems, and color theory. Prerequisite: DRAM 2010 and 2020, or instructor permission; corequisite: DRAM 2130.
DRAM 2130: Production Laboratory: Lighting
Credits: 1
Application of lighting and sound technology in laboratory production projects. May be repeated up to four credits. Prerequisite: DRAM 2010 and 2020, or instructor permission; corequisite: DRAM 2110.
DRAM 4110: Lighting Design
Credits: 3
Studies the development of lighting design, from script analysis through concept to completed production. Lab required.
DRAM 4597: Special Topics in Design
Credits: 1–3
A directed study in theatre design offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4598: Special Topics in Design Technology
Credits: 1–3
A directed study in theatre design technology offered to upper-level students. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study conducted under the supervision of a specific instructor(s).
CS 4998: Distinguished BA Majors Research
Credits: 3
Required for Distinguished Majors completing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. An introduction to computer science research and the writing of a Distinguished Majors thesis. Prerequisites: CS 2150 with a grade of C- or higher and CS BA major status.
DRAM 7130: Production Laboratory: Lighting
Credits: 2
Participation in the production program, crediting work in the preparation and performance of lighting design. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 7140: Production Laboratory: Lighting
Credits: 2
Participation in the production program, crediting work in the preparation and performance of lighting design. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 7160: Lighting Design I: Elements of Design
Credits: 3
Studies the elements of theatrical lighting design essential to the stage designer. Areas of study include script interpretation, lighting composition, color, instrumentation, graphic notation, and presentation techniques. Prerequisite: DRAM 7100, 7170 or instructor permission; corequisite: DRAM 7180, 7140.
DRAM 7170: Drafting & CAD for Theatre
Credits: 3
Study of drafting techniques and computer aided drafting and drawing software that prepares the designer or technician to identify and communicate methods and materials relative to executing the design. Covers standards for theatrical drafting, preparation of ground plans, sections, and design elevations including both pictorial and orthographic drawings. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 7180: Digital Media for Design
Credits: 3
Studies a variety of graphic software programs and computer-aided design techniques which prepares the lighting designer, scenic designer, costume designer, and technical director to identify and communicate methods and materials relative to the execution of their respective designs. Taught completely on-line with all course materials and project submissions made electronically. Prerequisite: DRAM 7170 or instructor permission.
DRAM 7190: Mentored Study: Lighting
Credits: 3–9
A guided study which gives students the opportunity to explore with a faculty member areas of lighting design and/or technology which are not contained in the established curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 8130: Production Laboratory: Lighting
Credits: 2
Participation in the production program, crediting work in the preparation and performance of lighting design. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 8150: Lighting Design 2: Alternative Forms
Credits: 3
A continuation of DRAM 7160, emphasizing alternative forms and spaces, problem solving, orchestration, and cuing. Prerequisite: DRAM 7160 or instructor permission.
DRAM 8160: Lighting Design 3: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Seminar on advanced topics in lighting design. Prerequisite: DRAM 7160, 8150, or instructor permission.
DRAM 8190: Mentored Study: Lighting
Credits: 3–9
A guided study which gives students the opportunity to explore with a faculty member areas of lighting design and/or technology which are not contained in the established curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 9060: Thesis
Credits: 3
Preparation of a written thesis that corresponds to the performance, direction, or design of a production. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 9130: Production Laboratory: Lighting
Credits: 2–6
Participation in the production program, crediting work in the preparation and performance of lighting design. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 9140: Production Laboratory: Lighting
Credits: 3
Participation in the production program, crediting work in the preparation and performance of lighting design. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program.
DRAM 9170: Advanced Lighting Technology
Credits: 3
Explores advanced stage lighting technologies including MIDI show-control, automated fixture programming, complex cuing, and effect sequencing. Prerequisite: graduate standing M.F.A. program or instructor permission.
DRAM 9190: Mentored Study: Lighting
Credits: 3–9
A guided study which gives students the opportunity to explore with a faculty member areas of lighting design and/or technology which are not contained in the established curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
DRAM 9501: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Intensive study in a specific topic offered to graduate students.