School of Theatre & Dance

G.B. Stephens

G.B. Stephens is an Associate Professor of Design at the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance in Tampa Florida. He has designed scenery and lighting for over 110 productions in the Tampa Bay community since 1982. Recent USF projects have include set designs for the Theatre department productions of Euripides' Ion, An Evening of Cabaret, Boy's Life, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Making of Gone With the Wind A Buffoon's Tale and Experiment With An Air Pump, Honk the Ugly Duckling; Lighting Designer for Theatre USF's Cabaret, The Life and Death of Marylyn Monroe, Trojan Women, Tale of Tsuru, Of Mice and Men, For Colored Girls, The Golden Ass, Lysistrate' Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl and Rashomon.

Other freelance projects have been a Harlem Renaissance adaptation of Miss Julie, A Christmas Carol and Private Lives at the American Stage Theatre; lighting and scenic design for the Miami Light Project's world premiere of Drummin' a collaboration featuring nationally renown composer Tania J. Leon, choreographer Bebe Miller and the multimedia of Philip Mallory Jones at the Lincoln Theatre in Miami Beach and scenic designs for the St. Petersburg Jr. College Dance Department. In May 2002 he had an exhibition of Digital Images which included works from his "Digital Dance" collection.

He is an Advisory Board member of the Tampa based Dance Collective "Moving Current" providing light designs or production advice for their last 15 concerts. G. B. was the recipient of the 2000 Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts award for outstanding contribution to a Tampa Bay Arts organization for his work with Moving Current.

G.B. has worked years to integrate the use of AutoCAD and cyber-models into the scenic and lighting design process for the theatre. His most recent designs of For Colored Girls, The Golden Ass, Lysistrate' Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Moon on a Rainbow Shaw and Rashomon have all been digitally designed.

Originally from Chicago, G.B. has done scenery, lighting and multi-media visuals for over 35 productions for Columbia College Theatre-Music Department, the Mo Ming Dance Collective and the Body Politic Theatre. His work with visual and multimedia design spans back to his days at Columbia College.

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