Ann M. Archbold


Member, NAST Board of Directors
Elected March 2015, term ends March 2018

Ann M. Archbold is Professor of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Drama since 2008 and Head of Lighting Design since 2005. Prior to coming to Madison, she was Director of the Lighting Design Program at Florida State University School of Theatre from 1999-2005.

Professionally, Professor Archbold has designed lighting for more than 500 events for theatre, industrials, opera, dance, live concerts and television throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her design work includes productions for The Malta International Arts Festival, The Old Globe Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Forward Theater, San Francisco Opera Center, Audi, Cadillac, Subaru, Volkswagon, Infinity, and Elk Mountain Resort. Professor Archbold has written articles for Entertainment Design and Live Design, and authored the chapter on Martin Aronstein in the recent USITT publication: Late and Great American Designers 1960-2010.

She is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), USITT, and USITT-Midwest. Professor Archbold has been a member of the Lighting Commission for USITT since 1992 and has served as a Vice Commissioner for Design (1993-99, 2006), Technology (1996), Programming (1998) and Education (2004-2005). She was elected to a three year term as a member of the Board of Directors for both the National Institute and the Midwest Section before becoming Chair of the Midwest Section (2009-2010).

Professor Archbold holds a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technical Production from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan.
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Updated April 2015