THEA 2A: Introduction to Theatrical Design


MFA, Scenic Design
UMASS Amherst

MA, Theatre History
SUNY Albany

BFA, Industrial, Interior and Packaging Design
Rochester Institute of Technology


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Scott Dahl has twenty years of experience as a Senior Designer, Artistic Director, Draftsman and Project Manager and over ten years of teaching at the university level. He has designed and developed theme park attractions, theatrical settings, commercial interiors, interactive exhibits and corporate event environments as well as residential and industrial architectural projects. Mr. Dahl is a multi-disciplinary designer who received his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, MA from State University of New York, Albany and his MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Mr. Dahl began his career designing and drafting dozens of custom homes, commercial and light-industrial buildings in Albany, Rensselaer, Warren and Saratoga Counties in upstate New York including a variety of suburban housing developments, retail interiors and the Glens Falls MRI Center (Glens Falls, NY).

Mr. Dahl went on to design theme park attractions including the Batman, Police School and Lethal Weapon and stunt show attractions and Denis the Menace Sound Stage settings (Six Flags, Nationwide), King Solomon’s Mines (Walibi Flevo Park, Rhone Alps, France), Police Academy (Mirabilandia Theme Park, Ravenna, Italy) and theatrical settings for the national tours of Dragon Tales Live I and II (Children’s Television Network and VEE Corporation) as well as corporate event environments for AT & T, Westinghouse, General Electric and many other corporate clients.

His work as Senior Designer, Artistic Director and Design Department Manager at such companies as Adirondack Studios (Glens Falls, NY), Alexander Entertainment (Tampa, FL) and VEE Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) included the design and development of projects such as interactive environments and interiors for the American Airlines Arena (Miami Heat) and SBC Arena (San Antonio Spurs), Treasure Island Casino (Red Wing, MN), Morgan’s Family Entertainment Center (Destin, FL) and Matsuyo Ladies Department Store (Fukuoka, Japan). Mr. Dahl also prepared construction documents for the interiors and effects of many attractions for Universal Studios, Orlando including the Hanna-Barbera, E.T.s Adventure and Hitchcock: Art of Making Movies Attractions.

Mr. Dahl has a love of Period Architecture and a sincere interest to better the world around us through the expression of art and design. He believes the only way to achieve these results is through understanding and respecting the artistic and technological aspects of the design process. He has received numerous research grants and presented papers on the history of art and design at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conferences in San Diego, CA and New York City as well as the conferences of the International Federation for Theatre Research in St. Petersburg, Russia and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

"We work in an expanding industry were once clear boundaries of art, technology, commerce, entertainment and education are now blurred as present day consumers expect more impressive environments everywhere they go. There is more opportunity than ever for design professionals to impact the world we live in. It is an exciting time to be contributing to these new creations."

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