Charles E. Erven is a Professor of Theatre Arts. His B.A. and M.F.A. are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Erven teaches courses in theatre technology and design. He is a professional scenographer and member of the United Scenic Artists of America. His work has been seen at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and First Stage Milwaukee as well as the Madison Repertory Theatre and Racine Theatre Guild in Wisconsin.
He has also designed for theatres in Chicago, California, Colorado, the Virgin Islands, New York, Tblisi, Georgia, and Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Professor Erven has organized international student production tours to Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the Czech Republic, Ireland and Wales. In 1997 and 2001, Professor Erven designed and/or directed productions that performed at Podium, a biennial international festival in Moscow. His design work has been included in exhibitions at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design, the USITT Biennial Scenography Exposition and the Central States Exhibition of Scene Design.
In March 2001, he presented a paper, "Collaboration on the Global Stage: A Scenographic Approach to Undergraduate Theatre Productions," at the Mid America Theatre Conference in Chicago. Since 1990, his research has focused on the integration of American and Eastern European approaches to scenography. Professor Erven designed scenery for LMU's productions of Grand Tarot, Dancing at Lughnasa, J.B., and The Seagull.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: M.F.A., Theatre Design & Technology 1976
University of Wisconsin-Madison: B.A., Communication Arts 1971
Areas of Expertise (3)
Industry Expertise (3)
- United Scenic Artists of America
- United States Institute for Theatre Technology
- International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT)
- The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Event Appearances (5)
American Scenographic Direction for Knives in Hens in the Czech Republic
ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) National Conference New York
A Modern ‘Guerilla’: The Street Theatre of Warner-en-Consorten
FIRT (International Federation for Theatrical Research) Conference Helsinki
Collaboration on the Global Stage: A Scenographic Approach for Undergraduate Theatre Productions
Kontrapunkt Festival Szczecin
Hand in Glove—The Designer as Director
FIRT (International Federation for Theatrical Research) Conference St. Petersburg
Facilitator and Presenter
United States Institute for Theatre Technology National Conference Long Beach
Research Grants (2)
Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Czech Academy of Art
Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas.
LMU Summer Research Grant
Loyola Marymount University
Awarded a Summer Research Grant by Loyola Marymount University.
Chapter 2 of the book "Directors and Designers" is presented. It explores the concept of three-dimensional scenery and lighting composition of a theatrical production to demonstrate the dynamism of director-designer relationship.
In 2005, I had the opportunity to work with the Dutch site-based performance company of Warner-en-Consorten.