Professor Stephen Hudson-Mairet

Associate Professor/Chair, Digital Media and Performing Arts

Courses Taught
THAR 1300: Stagecraft
THAR 1020: Theatre Appreciation
THAR 1150: Acting for Non-Majors
THAR 2400: Aspects of Theatrical Design
THAR 2320: Scenographic Techniques
THAR 2500: Scenic Design
THAR 4200: History of Theatre
THAR 4953: Computer Applications in Theatre

Education
M.F.A. University of Kansas  (Lawrence, KS), Scenography
B.F.A. Carroll College (Waukesha, WI), Theatre and Chemistry, Education

Why Marquette?
Marquette offers a strong theatre training program housed within the liberal arts university setting. This leads to well trained actors, designers, directors, technicians who have a greater understanding of the art form and an awareness of the surrounding society. Students get to hone their craft while exploring the art form through classroom work and a strong practical realized production season. Most importantly, perhaps, is the general quality of the Marquette theatre students - their general caring for others and expectation of quality - makes it very easy to work together to strive for the best.

Research Interests
Stephen studies the use of computer technology and its application in theatre, as a design tool, as a medium to project and create scenic elements in productions and as a mode for presentation on the web. He worked as a computer modeler and general factotum on the i.e. VR productions of “Tesla” and “Wings” at the University of Kansas.

Stephen has continued to explore the use of computers in the design and implementation of theatrical productions, including the computer generated and animated scenery for Marquette’s production of “The Fir Tree,” the Virtual Reality production of “The Magic Flute” at the University of Kansas in April of 2003, and the computer generated scenery for Marquette’s productions of “The Memorandum” (2004), "Everyman" (2005),  “Sunday in the Park with George” (2010) and the award winning student design collaborative project “Holy Days” (2011). Stephen is proud of these opportunities and that he is able to develop these projects with a talented group of undergraduate students.

Professional Affiliations
USITT - United States Institute for Theatre Technology
KCACTF Region III

Professional Experience
Stephen has designed sets, lights, and costumes and directed productions at the middle school, high school, and university level. Stephen has also studied the use of computer technology and its application in theatre, as a design tool, as a medium to project and create scenic elements in productions and as a mode for presentation on the web. He worked as a computer modeler and general factotum on the i.e. VR productions of “Tesla” and “Wings” at the University of Kansas. Since leaving KU, Stephen has continued to explore the use of computers in the design and implementation of theatrical productions. Stephen has also taught at Earlham College in Richmond Indiana and Augusta State University in Augusta Georgia.

Stephen is involved in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the only professional organization in the U.S. for theatre designers and technicians. He is also active in the KCACTF Region III, having served as the festival co-host in 2001, and as the regional webmaster. In 1998, Stephen was chosen as a Barbizon design award nominee for the KCACTF Region V festival, where his designs for Bus Stop were displayed.

Stephen has designed professionally and served as a guest designer at other institutes of higher learning including Theatre X, Coastal Carolina University, Carroll College, Sunset Playhouse, Greenhouse Theater Center, Hofstra University, Earlham College, University of Kansas, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Forward Theatre, First Stage Young Company and American Folklore Theatre.

Professional, Technical and Artistic Work
Scenic design, "Censored on Final Approach." Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee, WI. April 1, 2016 – April 24, 2016, Leda Hoffmann (dir.)

Scenic design, "The Flick." Forward Theatre, Madison, WI. January 28, 2016 – February 14, 2016.

Scenic design, "My Fair Lady." Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee, WI. November 20, 2015 – December 27, 2015, Dorothy Danner (dir.)

Scenic design, “Collected Stories.” Milwaukee Chamber Theatre - Milwaukee, WI. And Forward Theatre – Madison, WI November 2012 and January 2013, C. Michael Wright (dir.)

Scenic design adaptation, “Cheeseheads: The Musical” American Folklore Theatre, Fish Creek, WI. August 2012, P. Kriger (dir.)

Scenic design, “The Laramie Project.” Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, SC. March 2012, R. Russell-Edwards (dir.).

Scenic design, “Bing: The Cherry Musical” American Folklore Theatre, Fish Creek, WI. June – August 2011, P. Kriger (dir.)

Scenic design, “Eurydice” Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA. January 2011, H. Shangraw (dir.)

Scenic design, “Life on the Mississippi” American Folklore Theatre, Fish Creek, WI. June – August 2010, J. Herbst (dir.)

Presentation
Hudson-Mairet, S. C., Kite, B. (2016, March) (Moderator) “The Education and Training of the 21st Century Theatre Artist: The Undergraduate Curriculum — The Undergraduate Liberal Arts Degree,” National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) Fifty-First Annual Meeting. Louisville, KY.

Selected Publications
Stephen Hudson-Mairet and Loeffler-Bell, Chester (Winter 2006). The dimension-less character: The digital design of the memorandum. Theatre Design and Technology.

Hudson-Mairet, Stephen and Bonewits Feldner, S. (2005-2006). On being entrepreneurial with Havel’s ‘the Memorandum’: A cross curricular conversation. Journal of the Wisconsin Communication Association, Volume XXV.

Hudson-Mairet, Stephen (Spring 2002). Animated scenery using simple web page software. Theatre Design & Technology.

Hudson-Mairet, Stephen (Spring 2004). “The edge of the illusion. Theatre Design & Technology.