Michael Skinner is an Associate Professor of Theatre and the Resident Lighting Designer at for the TCU Theatre Department. He received his B.A. in Technical Theatre from West Texas State University (now WTAMU) and his M.F.A. in Lighting Design and Production from the University of Oklahoma. He has designed the lighting and or scenery for over 150 productions of theatre, opera, and dance in various venues. Michael has had the pleasure of designing in Italy, Germany, and Russia, including the Russian premiere of the American musical The Fantasticks at Theatre Koleso in Togliatti, Russia. Michael has designed for Contemporary Ballet Dallas, the William Inge Theatre Festival, as well as Amphibian Productions. He has also designed scenery for A Lesson Before Dying, Black Pearl Sings, and Travlin’, and scenery and lighting for Permanent Collection, The Bluest Eye, and From the Mississippi Delta at Jubilee Theater. He has designed lighting for the Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest; which earned four DFW Critics’ Forum Awards for creative contribution. Michael’s work outside the theatre also includes corporate event design, production, and consultation with companies such as Ignition! Creative Group, and ZOOM.7, Inc., working on such projects as the Kawasaki Motors New Product Showcase and Mary Kay Inc, Seminar. Michael is a member of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians. T.J. Walsh (Funding Artistic Director) is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. Last year he directed the box office record breaking production of The Tempest. His 2013 production of The Taming of the Shrew at Trinity was selected as the top production of the year on several top ten. For Trinity he has also directed Twelfth Night, Hamlet, As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Other favorite professional productions are Metamorphoses at Theatre Three in Dallas, The Retreat from Moscow at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth and directing and performing in his solo play Pleading Infinity at the New York International Fringe Festival. He is a Professor of Theatre at Texas Christian University. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Oscar Brockett. He is the recipient of three Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum awards for Outstanding Direction.