LUIS RAMIREZ    Scenic & Lighting Designer

Email:                          Phone: 936-371-1438        


  • Theatre by the Sea, Matunuck, RI [for Robert Little, USA]
  • The Body Politic Theatre, Chicago, IL             
  • Stage One, Louisville, KY 
  • Saltworks Theatre Company, Pittsburgh, PA 
  • Blues City Cultural Center, Memphis, TN           
  • Acacia Theatre Company, Milwaukee, WI 
  • Lake Country Playhouse, Mineola, TX                                                                                             
  • Tyer & Company Dance, Tyler, TX     
  • The Academy Theatre, Atlanta, GA

Freelance Scenic/Lighting Designer for professional theatres. Create scenic and lighting designs; liaison to scenic studios; supervise freelance artists, company technicians and interns.

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock  
  • Belhaven University, Jackson, MS                                                                              
  • Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN                                                       
  • North Park University, Chicago, IL                                                                         
  • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

Guest Artist/Scenic/ Lighting Designer for universities. Create scenic and lighting designs for mainstage productions; teach workshops and master classes.


East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, TX 2008-2012

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts. Established BA design/tech program; taught fundamentals of design, stagecraft, scene design, scene painting, costume design, computer-aided design, lighting technology, and lighting design. Created scenic and lighting designs for mainstage productions; mentored student designers and interns.

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 1999-2005

Associate Professor of Theatre. Expanded BA/BFA design/tech program; taught principles of design, stagecraft, scene design, scene painting, CADD for scenic/lighting design, lighting technology, and lighting design. Created scenic and lighting designs for mainstage productions; mentored student designers and interns.

Huntington University, Huntington, IN 1997-1999

Associate Professor of Theatre Design. Developed new BA program in theatre design and technology; taught stagecraft, scene design, lighting design, scene painting. Created mainstage scenic and lighting designs.

University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 1994-1997

Assistant Professor of Design. Coordinated MFA /BFA design program; taught basic design, scene design, scene painting. Created/mentored scenic designs for mainstage productions.

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 1991-1994

Instructor of production fundamentals and drafting for undergraduate and pre-college programs.


  • Acacia Creative Services, Evanston, IL 
  • Ed Gillies Marketing, Wauconda, IL 
  • D. William Berry & Associates, Evanston, IL 

Art Director. Directed all artistic functions from concept through production. Designed and produced advertising campaigns, marketing programs, packaging, and exhibits. Supervised staff.

  • North Park University, Chicago, IL 
  • Triton College, River Grove, IL 

Adjunct Faculty. Taught design and production in graphics programs; developed new courses for computer-aided design; directed student internships in graphic design and A/V production.

  • M.G. Design Associates, Chicago, IL                                                        

Exhibit Detailer. Designed and supervised production of tradeshow exhibits, point-of-purchase displays, museum exhibits, and architectural installations.


M.F.A. Scene Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 

M.A. Theatre Arts, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 

B.F.A. Drama and Theatre, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 


LOUNEAL PRODUCTION                                                                                                              Singleton Boulevard (film)          Gary Don Martin, dir.            Lighting Design 

Belhaven Universiy, Jackson, MS                                                                                                                                                      

Doctor Faustus                        Joseph Frost, dir.                    Scenic/Lighting Design                       Ice Island                                  Marianne Savell, dir.             Scenic/Lighting Design                 The White Snake                      Elissa Sartwell, dir.               Scenic/Lighting Design                      

Lake Country Playhouse, Mineola, TX                                                                                                                                                      A Christmas Carol                          Brett Murphy, dir.                 Projection Design 

Theatre by the Sea, Matunuck, RI                                                                                                    The Producers                                 Robert Little, des.                 Assistant Scenic Design         

East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, TX                                                                                                                                                    All My Sons                                   Nathan Records, dir.              Scenic/Lighting Design               Tartuffe                                          Traci Ledford, dir.                 Scenic/Lighting Design                Into the Woods                              Traci Ledford, dir.                 Scenic/Lighting Design        

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR                                                                    Spunk                                             Stacy Pendergraft, dir.             Scenic Design         

Tyer & Company Dance, Tyler, TX                                                                                        Downtown DanceScene              Michelle Tyer Heines, dir.          Lighting Design      

Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN                                                                                Disney's Beauty & the Beast          R. Cliff Thompson, dir.          Scenic/Projection Design             Little Shop of Horrors                    R. Cliff Thompson, dir.          Scenic Design                             Romeo and Juliet                            R. Cliff Thompson, dir.          Scenic Design    

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches,TX                                                                  The Skin of Our Teeth                      Jack Heifner, dir.                 Lighting Design                       The Sea Gull                                      Jack Heifner, dir.                 Scenic Design                     Trojan Barbie                                     Rick Jones, dir.                   Scenic Design                     Dancing at Lughnasa                        Sean Byrd, dir.                    Lighting Design     

Huntington University, Huntington, IN                                                                                    Tartuffe                                              McNair Wilson, dir.            Scenic/Lighting Design               Return to the Forbidden Planet        Don Rainbow, dir.               Scenic/Lighting Design   

Stage One, Louisville, KY                                                                                                       Something Upstairs                           J. Daniel Herring, dir.          Scenic Design       

Blues City Cultural Center, Memphis, TN                                                                                      Beale Street Back Again                   Daniel Drew, dir.                 Scenic Design       

Saltworks Theatre Company, Pittsburgh,PA                                                                                                                                                      A Wrinkle in Time                             David Minniefield, dir.         Scenic Design      

University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS                                                                                               A Christmas Carol                             Cynthia Gold, dir.                Scenic Design   

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA                                                                              Saturday, Sunday, Monday               Gregory Lehane, dir.            Scenic Design                             The Sea Gull                                      Will Pomerantz, dir.             Scenic Design             

Acacia Theatre Company, Milwaukee, WI                                                                                          The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe   Alan Atwood, dir.          Scenic Design                            The Servant of Two Masters                  Norman Gano, dir.         Scenic Design             

The Body Politic Theatre, Chicago, IL                                                                                              The King's Clown                              Dale McFadden, dir.           Scenic/Lighting Design                An Evening of Sholom Aleichem     Murray Horwitz , dir.           Scenic/Lighting Design  

The Academy Theatre, Atlanta, GA                                                                                            Séance                                                Frank Wittow, dir.               Lighting Design                          The Homecoming                              Frank Wittow, dir.               Lighting Design     


Workshop Instructor, "Renderworks for Lighting Design," School of Theatre, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, 2013

Presenter, "Low-Cost Lighting Control with BlueLite," Texas Educational Theatre Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX, 2013

Ramirez, Luis and Shari Watterston Ellsworth. “Are We Really Working Ourselves to Death?” Theatre Design & Technology 43, 2 (Spring 2007): 64-73.

Exhibitor, Design EXPO, USITT Annual Conference, Louisville, 2006

Exhibiting Designer, World Stage Design. Ed. Eric Fielding. Syracuse, NY: USITT, 2005

Presenter, "Scenic Design: Process and Practicalities" and "Lighting Design: Artistry and Technology," Christians in Theatre Arts, Central Regional Conference, Houston, TX, 2004

Faculty Designer/Participant, Light Lab, USITT Annual Conference, Minneapolis, 2003

Exhibitor, Design EXPO, USITT Annual Conference, New Orleans, 2002

Ramirez, Luis. "Are You Staging a Movie or What?" Christianity & Theatre 21 (2000): 29-35

Panelist, The Professional Theatre and Educators Round-Table, USITT Annual Conference, 2000

Ramirez, Luis. "Costume Design in Tinsel Town." USITT Ohio Valley 22, 2 (1999): 1-3.

Ramirez, Luis. "Whose Vision Is It, Anyway?" Christianity & Theatre 19 (1998): 41-47.

Presenter, "Computer-Aided Design for Theatre." Central Florida Theatre Alliance, Orlando, 1998

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE                                                                                                   Theatre Consultant, Lake Country Playhouse, Mineola, Texas, 2010-present                                Theatre Consultant, Lindale Community Theatre, Lindale, Texas, 2012-present                             Theatre Consultant, APEX Theatre, Tyler, Texas, 2014                                                          Theatre Consultant, Chapel Hill High School, Tyler, Texas, 2014                                         Theatre Consultant, Hawkins High School, Hawkins, Texas, 2014                                            Theatre Consultant, Gilmer High School, Gilmer, Texas, 2013                                                     Lighting Consultant, First Baptist Church, Longview, Texas, 2011                                              Advisory Board Member, Marshall Convention Center, Marshall, Texas, 2008-2011                       Prof. Development Workshop Coordinator, Lighting Commission, USITT Annual Conference, 2008  Portfolio Reviewer, Lighting Commission, USITT Annual Conference, 2006-2009                     Program Consultant, Belhaven University Theatre, Jackson, Mississippi, 2007                         Workshop, Digital Techniques for Scene Painting, UIL One Act Play Clinic, SFASU, 2004       Workshop, Computer-Aided Design & Drafting, UIL One Act Play Clinic, SFASU, 2001           Theatre Consultant, Freed Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee, 1997                                 Board of Directors, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Oxford, Mississippi, 1995-1997    

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS                                                                                            U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology, 1996- 2014                                                                     Texas Educational Theatre Association, 2009-2014                                                          Southeastern Theatre Conference, 1994-1997                                                                         Christians in Theatre Arts, 1989- 1995