Theatre and Dance

David Shawger

Associate Professor of Theatre

AC 7a   Phone: 765-285-8748  

Department of Theatre and Dance
Arts and Communications Building, Room AC 306
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Additional Information
Teaching Areas: Scene Design, Computers
Tenured faculty
Date of Hire: September 1975 

David “Kip” Shawger Jr. received a BS degree in drama from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an MA degree in design from Bradley University. An award-winning scenic designer with more than 350 design credits and 35 years of experience in education, community, professional theatre and television, Shawger is the Coordinator of Design and Technology in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Ball State University. His areas of specialization are design, technology, and computer applications in theatre and dance. His scenic designs have been seen professionally from New York to California.

Professionally, his credits include scenery for American Entertainment Productions, Carnival Cruise Lines, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatres, and the PBS children’s television series The Adventures of Elmer and Friends. He has also been published in Theatre Crafts Magazine and other leading theatrical journals, as well as the educational videos Where Do I Start? and How Do I Paint It? He is a past recipient of the University's Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award and in 2001 he was presented the John F. Kennedy Center's Gold Medallion for excellence in theatre. Shawger is a past National Chair of Design for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and currently on the KCACTF National Executive Committee as member-at-large, a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) as well as the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OSTAT).

Dedicated to the education and training of young theatre artists, his design students attend graduate programs and work in the professional theatre and film industry from New York to Los Angeles.