Theatre faculty

Jonathan Sabo, M.F.A.

Professor of Theatre and Speech

M.F.A., Wayne State University
B.A., Bethel College, IN

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Professor Sabo has more than 20 years of experience as a college scenic designer, technical director and lighting designer, having served on the faculties of Bethel College of Indiana, Nazareth College of New York, and Westmont College in California. He also serves as a lighting and staging consultant for churches. His Master of Fine Arts degree is in scenic design.


  • Stagecraft


    (2 credits) A practical course which introduces students to the organization, skills and materials necessary for mounting a stage production.
  • Introduction to Design

    Introduction to Design

    (2 credits) An introduction to the concepts of design necessary to approach, create and critically evaluate a theatrical performance environment. Study of the processes of script analysis, design research and communication. Breakdown of aspects and elements that define the most commonly held principles of scenery, costume, lighting and sound design.
  • Scene Design

    Scene Design

    An introduction to the concepts, tools and skills of scenic design for the theatre. Emphasis is placed on practical hands-on experiences reinforcing previously learned design principles. Prerequisite: THE130. (2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
  • Costume Design

    Costume Design

    (2 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of methods and approaches to costume design for the theatre. Prerequisite: THE130.

Professional involvements and accomplishments

  • Production designer for local children's television show, Surf Productions/FOX 31, Rochester, NY
  • Production designer, Warner Advertising, Rochester, NY
  • Actor, Taproot Theatre Company, Seattle


  • I.A.T.S.E. Local 187
  • Theatre Communications Group


  • Scenic design for master’s thesis, Moliere’s The Misanthrope
  • Co-winner of the Detroit Free Press award for Best Theatrical Design of the Season, 1985-86