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Deanna Fitzgerald

Vice Dean, Fine Arts

Professor, School of Theatre, Film and Television

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520-621-7886

MFA Theatrical Design and Production, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 2001.

BA Drama, Flagler College, 1991.

Deanna Fitzgerald (Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Fine Arts; Professor, School of Theatre, Film and Television) is a professional Lighting Designer and member of United Scenic Artists. Professor Fitzgerald's design credits include theatre, dance, opera, circus-themed, puppets, architectural lighting and more. She is also a registered yoga and meditation teacher and conducts classes and workshops focused on using these and other "quietive" practices to enrich creative processes. Her book "The Heart of Light" released in early 2022.

Selected national/international designs include the lighting designs of The Hound of the Baskervilles at Florida Studio Theatre; Cirque Mechanics: Boom Town, which toured for 2 years with an off-Broadway appearance at The New Victory Theatre; and the North American tour of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo which had an extended run in Toronto. She designed the lighting for the world premiere STOMP OUT LOUD, the Las Vegas version of the internationally acclaimed STOMP and remained for 2 years as the Resident Lighting Designer and Associate Production Manager. Locally, she designs for The Rogue Theatre –  most recently Dracula and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Previously, she was the Resident Lighting Designer and Associate Professor for the departments of Ballet and Modern Dance at the University of Utah, and taught lighting design at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Other design credits include the San Francisco Opera's Merola and Coconut Grove Playhouse's Young Artist programs, as well as numerous original dance designs for choreographers such as Deborah Hay, Ben Levy and Andy Vaca. Other credits include 6 years as the Lighting Director on the International Tour of STOMP; Production Director of the Opera Theater Music Festival in Lucca, Italy; Lighting Supervisor/Assistant Lighting Designer at the Santa Fe Opera; Lighting and Tour Consultant for the Original Broadway Cast tours of the Greater Tuna trilogy and Assistant Lighting Designer at the Cincinnati Ballet.

More:

  • Design Gallery: http://www.deannafitzgerald.com
  • Writing:
    • FITZGERALD, DEANNA. Heart of Light a Holistic Primer to a Life and Career in Lighting Design and Production. ROUTLEDGE, 2022.

    • Fitzgerald, Deanna. “An Introduction to Neurodiversity for the Lighting Designer and Educator.” Routledge.com, Routledge, A Taylor and Francis Group, 12 Jan. 2022, https://www.routledge.com/blog/article/an-introduction-to-neurodiversity-for-the-lighting-designer-and-educator.

    • “Meditate on This: Contemplative Practices for Designers and Technicians”; TDT (Theatre Design and Technology) 2017.

    • "The Lighting Design Process Project"; Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design: A Compendium, Volume 2.  2016.

    • "The Lighting Self-Portrait"; Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design: A Compendium, Volume 2.  2016.

    • “Leaving West Virginia (W=V x A); Responsible Stage Electrics for Educators and Early Career Technicians”; TDT (Theatre Design and Technology) 2013.

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Arizona Arts

Hanson Film TV Institute, in collaboration with The University of Arizona School of Dance and College of Humanities' Africana Studies, presents a Black History Month screening of Khadifa Wong’s "Uprooted."

"Uprooted" is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. The screening is free at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7p.

"This documentary will make you fall in love with jazz dance all over again." -- Dance Magazine

>> MORE | azart.fyi/Uprooted

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Khadifa Wong (director), Matt Simpkins, and Laura Smyth.

With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this ground-breaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre.

Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism.

“(Wong's) documentary offers an enriching corrective to the official story of jazz dance, taking it beyond its already fascinating and complex showbiz luster to profoundly political terrain.” -- Hollywood Reporter

With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

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Hanson Film TV Institute, in collaboration with The University of Arizona School of Dance and College of Humanities Africana Studies, presents a Black History Month screening of Khadifa Wong’s Uprooted. 

Uprooted is a feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance. The screening is free at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7p.

This documentary will make you fall in love with jazz dance all over again. -- Dance Magazine

>> MORE | https://azart.fyi/Uprooted

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Khadifa Wong (director), Matt Simpkins, and Laura Smyth.

With a stellar cast of leading industry experts, award-winning choreographers, and legendary performers, this ground-breaking documentary goes back to the roots in Africa and follows the evolution of this incredible dance form through every single decade and genre.

Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film addresses topics such as appropriation, racism, socialism and sexism. 

“(Wongs) documentary offers an enriching corrective to the official story of jazz dance, taking it beyond its already fascinating and complex showbiz luster to profoundly political terrain.” -- Hollywood Reporter

With special appearances by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and Thomas F. DeFrantz and showcases the works of the Nicholas Brothers, Pepsi Bethel, Jack Cole, Katherine Dunham, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly.

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