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College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

 
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 NoHeadshotMale   Name:  Daniel Gordon 
Title:  Chair, Theatre & Dance and Professor of Theatre 
Education:
BA      Theatre, University of South Florida
MFA   Theatrical Design, University of Southern California
Office:  115 Johnson Hall  
Phone:  803-323-4938 
E-mail:  gordond@winthrop.edu  
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Area(s):
Lighting Design for Theatre and Dance; Stage Management; Shakespeare; and Outdoor Drama

Daniel Gordon is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, the North American professional association of designers, artists and craftspeople, as a professional lighting designer.

Before coming to Winthrop, Professor Gordon served as department chair of theatre at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he was was instrumental in the creation of the Theatre Technology and Design track, developed the course titled “Theatre Careers” which is an exploration and assimilation of successful marketing techniques needed to secure employment in theatre or related segments of the entertainment industry, and designed or supervised students in the design of over thirty productions, ranging from musicals such as 'Man of La Mancha' and 'West Side Story' to classical productions such as 'Medea', 'The Tempest', and 'Hamlet'. Through these productions many students have gone on to participate at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where they have reached the highest levels of competition.

Professor Gordon’s recent professional achievements include designing the lighting for various LORT theatres for such productions as 'Educating Rita' and 'Betrayal'. Gordon serves as the associate artistic director of the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, and its annual Shakespeare by the Sea productions, which has provided free Shakespeare in the park for the last twenty-three years. Through his involvement with this company, he has provided countless students the opportunity of their first professional experience, both on stage and off. Gordon has designed and/or co-directed their last twenty-three productions. Professor Gordon has been able to indulge his love for dance by designing lighting for the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, The International Ballet Festival, and The Harid Conservatory of Dance.