Andrew Gutshall

Assistant Professor of Theatre
UCA 1318
Phone: 219.464.5138
Email: andrew.gutshall@valpo.edu

Biography

Andy Gutshall is an Assistant Professor (Scenic/Lighting Design) and Technical Director for the Department of Theatre.  He earned his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Technical Theatre.  He holds a BS in Theatre Design/Production from Illinois State University, as well as an AS in Business Management from the College of Dupage.  He taught Stagecraft, Lighting and Sound Design, and Scenography for 11 years at Augustana College- Rock Island, IL.  He has been the Production and Technical Operations Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and was the Facilities Technical Director at Concordia University-Saint Paul where he also taught stagecraft and lighting design.  Andy has been the Master Carpenter for Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Technical Director for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Lakeshore Players Summer Youth Project, and Lincoln Christian School. Professionally Andy has designed lights for numerous dance companies in Minnesota; 10,000 Dances, Young Dance, Saint Paul City Ballet, Ballet Arts Minnesota and CAAM Chinese Dance Theater to name a few. Some recent designs at VU include: Barefoot in the Park, Sondheim on Sondheim, Our Town, and Pippin.

Education

  • M.F.A. Technical Production – University of Nebraska-Lincoln,  1998  Thesis 2003
  • B.S. Design/Production – Illinois State , 1995
  • A.S. Business Management – College of Dupage, 1992

Interests

  • Custom Gobo design
  • LED lighting for the theatre
  • Solutions for Technical problems in the Theatre

Memberships

  • United States Institute of Theatre Technology – National and Midwest sections
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – Region III respondent
  • ETCP certified Arena Rigger
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 85

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Theatre, Stagecraft, Scenery and Lighting Design

Contributions

Glass Gobo design published in the Rosco catalog 2013

Designed custom gobos for The Lincoln Academy of Illinois 2013

Designed custom gobos for Quad City Bank and Trust 2012

Designed custom gobos for Quad City Symphony Orchestra 2011

Designed custom gobos for Blackhawk Hotel 2011

Designed custom gobos for Christmas at Augustana 2014-2016

World Stage Design 2005 an international exhibition of set, costume,

lighting & sound design 2005

Presented at ACCED-I “Adding Color to Your Special Event” 2002