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Jesse Dreikosen Assistant ProfessorAssociate Professor of Scene Design, Head of Design and Technology

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Jesse Dreikosen is the assistant professor of scene design. He received his Master of Fine Arts in scene design from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre design from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Idaho, he was the head of design and production at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He was also the resident scene designer for three seasons at New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida.

Recently his design for the world premiere of “Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons played Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters in New York City. He designs around the country at such theatres as The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, The Texas Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Mint Theater, Texas Repertory Theatre, The Red Fern Theatre, Southern Rep. Theatre Company, The Ohio Theatre, The Renaissance Theatre and The 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, California.

His work has been exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic.

He currently holds the position of Vice-Commissioner of Education in the Scene Design & Technologies Commission for The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). He also serves as the National Vice-Chair of Design, Technology and Management for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). He has received numerous regional and national awards for his designs.

Dreikosen has also worked outside of theatre as a visual and marketing consultant for GAP, Inc. where he helped layout and open new GAP stores in New York, Miami and the Midwest. He was responsible for teaching the employees lighting, window displays, marketing placement and dressing mannequins. In his spare time he has painted murals for private residences, interior designed for dental offices and graphic designed an array of different materials and displays.

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