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David Dwyer

David Dwyer

Associate Professor, Design & Production; Scenic Designer/Production Manager

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Office Location:
Clet 2203
Office Hours:
TH 9:30-11am


As the principal scenic designer for the Department of Theatre and Fine Arts, David has designed over 70 productions for Niagara University Theatre. Additionally, he teaches courses in theatre design, production and technology including Intro to Design, Scene Design, Scene Painting and Stagecraft. 

NU Theatre

For Niagara University Theatre, some of David’s favorite designs include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Urinetown the Musical, The Learned Ladies, Into the Woods, Bat Boy, The Philadelphia StoryChicago, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, among others.

Professional Experience

As a freelance scenic designer David has over two hundred designs to his credit throughout the Eastern United States. His work is often seen at The Irish Classical Theatre Company, The Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York, The Lancaster Opera House and Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Some of his favorite designs include: Tartuffe at LiveArts Theatre, Blood Brothers and The Full Monty at The Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company, Pumpboys and Dinettes and Tuesdays with Morrie at The Mountain Playhouse, Equus, The Liar and After Miss Julie at The Irish Classical Theatre Company, Avenue Q and Mauritius at SUNY Brockport, King Lear, and Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and The Conversion of Ka'ahumanu at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He also served as production designer of a film adaptation of King Lear filmed in Washington DC and now available on Amazon Prime. David also provided the production design for an extensive cave system for the Mini-Series: Diary of a Lunatic, also available on Amazon Prime.

Current Projects/Research

David is continually working as a professional scenic designer and always has several projects in the works. See his work at: Dwyer Design Studio

Professional Affiliations

  • United Scenic Artists Local 829
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology- Member


  • M.F.A. in Production Design, Michigan State University
  • B.A. in Theatre, Marietta College
  • Oral Communication Certificate with distinction, Marietta College.