Faculty Profile

Alan D. Ernstein 

Assistant Professor of Design/Technical Theatre

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Alan D. Ernstein has trained widely in the different components of technical theatre, and specializes as a scene designer and scenic artist.  Mr. Ernstein joined the Valparaiso University faculty in 2010 from Louisiana, where he taught all manner of scene design and technical theatre classes at Northwestern State University and art at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.  While in graduate school, many of Alan’s designs appeared in Studio 210 and on the main stage at the Huntington Theatre (Boston, MA).  Mr. Ernstein has worked professionally with Arena Stage (Washington, DC), the National Ballet (Washington, DC), Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program (in both the National Capital and Midwest regions), the Wolftrap Foundation for the Performing Arts (Vienna, VA), at a host of dinner theatres in the Baltimore-Washington area, and served as the resident Designer and Technical Director for Cane River Repertory Theatre (Natchitoches, LA).  In addition to his theatre work, Mr. Ernstein has worked for more than two decades as a studio artist in stained and etched glass, custom and period furniture design and construction, and as a designer and producer of European-style, strategy board games—for which he has received international awards.


MFA, Scene Design - Boston University 1987
BGS - University of Maryland-College Park 1980

Research Interests

Mastering and adapting different visual arts and artisanry skills and technologies to the stage.