Marcus F Dilliard

Marcus Dilliard has designed the lighting for regional theater and opera across North America. A 1977 graduate of Lehigh University, with B.A. degrees in Biology and German Language and Literature, he went on to study at Yale Drama School and received an M.F.A. in lighting design from Boston University's School for the Arts in 1982. Marcus joined the staff of the Guthrie Theater in 1984 and began his freelance design career in 1993. He was a resident designer for both the Guthrie Theater and Theatre de la Jeune Lune; his ongoing affiliations include Minnesota Opera, Theatre Latte Da, Penumbra Theatre and the Jungle Theater.

Marcus currently teaches Lighting Design on both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as the M.F.A. Design Seminar and the History of Stage Design. His creative work informs his approach to teaching, with a strong emphasis on our biological responses to light and a keen interest in the importance of shadow, i.e. single-source lighting.

Marcus is the recipient of an Ivey Award, two McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowships, a Sage Award, and a Minnesota Theater Award. His work has been twice represented at the Prague Quadrennial for International Design (2011 and 2019). He is a Professional member of the U.S. Institute for Theater Technology and a member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.F.A.: Lighting Design, Boston University School for the Arts, Boston, MA, 1982.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • Lighting Design
Courses Taught
  • TH8510 - MFA Design Seminar
  • TH5950 - The History of Stage Design
  • TH5540 - Stage Lighting Design
  • TH5545 - Stage Lighting Technology
  • TH3571 - Intro to Stage Technology
  • TH3541 - Intro to Stage Lighting Design
  • TH1501 - Introduction to Stage Design
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member, United Scenic Artists Local USA 829: Lighting Designer #269 , 1985
  • Professional Member: U.S. Institute for Theater Technology , 2010
Awards
  • Refugia at the Guthrie Theatre, June 2017: chosen as a Featured Design for the USITT American Design exhibit at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial, 2018 - 2019
  • Minnesota Theatre Bloggers Favorite Lighting Design for Assassins (Theater Latte Da), This Bitter Earth (Penumbra Theatre) and The Wickhams (Jungle Theater), 2018
  • Minnesota Theater Awards, Excellence in Design for Thaïs (Minnesota Opera), Man of La Mancha (Theater Latté Da), Assassins (Theater Latté Da) and This Bitter Earth (Penumbra Theater), 2018
  • Finalist, Category 1, Theater Bay Area Award for Lighting Design, Tartuffe at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2015
  • Sage Award for Dance Design (Heaven with Flying Foot Forum) , 2012
  • Sage Award for Dance Design (Nomination), 2014
  • Participant in the United States entry to the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibit, 2011
  • Sage Award for Dance Design (Nomination), 2011
  • Participant in the United States entry to the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibit, 2007
  • Best Lighting Design of 2007, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2007
  • McKnight Foundation Theater Artist Fellowship, 2006
  • Ivey Award for Excellence in Lighting Design, 2005
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship, 2003
  • Helen Hayes Award Nomination, 2000
  • McKnight Foundation Theater Artist Fellowship, 1998
  • Selected as one of “10 Designers for the Nineties” by Lighting Dimensions magazine, 1990