David E. Shuhy, Ph.D.

David E. Shuhy, Ph.D.

Phone: 757-352-4238
Email: dshuhy@regent.edu

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Dr. Shuhy received his Ph.D. in Theatrical Design Aesthetics and Theory from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dave has designed scenery and lighting for theatres up and down the east coast including: West Virginia Public Theatre in Morgantown,WV; Virginia Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA; Generic Theatre in Norfolk, VA; Henlopen Theatre Project in Lewes, DE; Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY; and the Maine Shakespeare Festival in Bangor, ME. Prior to coming to Regent University Dave worked for Hargrove, Inc., a special events/tradeshow company in the Washington, DC area as a designer and CAD engineer. While there he worked on projects for clients such as Starbucks, President Obama, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), NATO and the International Monetary Fund. He also serves as a lighting and scenic consultant for various performance venues and installations in Maryland and Virginia. Dave is a proud member of United Scenic Artists.

Academic Philosophy

I believe that the classroom needs to serve as laboratory and sanctuary for the student. In that space the student needs to have the ability and opportunity to both succeed and fail. The classroom must be a place in which students feel it is acceptable to extend themselves beyond that with which they are familiar. A design classroom is a space in which students hypothesize, experiment and evaluate.

Recent Professional Works

Pump Boys & Dinettes – Tidewater Stage
Barefoot in the Park – Tidewater Stage
Forever Plaid – Tidewater Stage
A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits – EMP Collective
Carousel – West Virginia Public Theatre
Taming of the Shrew – Virginia Shakespeare Festival


Ph.D. Theatrical Design Aesthetics and Theory – Union Institute
MA in Theatre – University of Maine
BA in Communications – Salisbury State University

Fields of Expertise

  • Scene Design
  • Lighting Design
  • 3D Modeling
  • Text Analysis
  • Performance Theory
  • Theatre History