Joseph Appelt

As a teacher of lighting design, Joseph Appelt is interested in experimenting with ideas and images and working with the director and design team prior to implementation, especially in regards to nonproscenium staging.

His recent designs include In the Next Room at Victory Gardens Theatre, Fake at Steppenwolf Theatre, The Sins of SorJuana and Boleros for the Disenchanted at The Goodman Theatre and the world premiere of Jose Rivera’s same play at Yale Repertory Theatre; NOISES Off at The Cleveland Playhouse; and The Glass Experience, an exhibit on the history, industrial application, and artistic use of glass, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Appelt has also designed in Chicago for Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and Pegasus Players. Other regional theater credits include numerous productions at Milwaukee Repertory Theater as well as productions at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, Syracuse Stage, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland as well as productions performed at the Spoleto Festival USA and in Tokyo, Japan.

He has held the position of Resident Lighting Designer for Missouri Repertory Theatre (now retitled Kansas City Repertory Theatre) and the Kansas City Ballet.


MATheatre with a design emphasis, University of Michigan
BAPsychology, University of Michigan


240-1Stagecraft: Lighting
241-3Design Process: Lighting design I
342-0Stage Lighting II
420-1Collaboration: American Realism and Naturalism
462-1,2,3Advanced Studies in Lighting Design


Joseph Appelt

Professor Emeritus




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