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Mr. David Dwyer

Associate Professor

Clet Hall, Second Floor, Room 2203

Office Hours:
TH 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Phone: 716.286.8485



Mr. David Dwyer


As the principal scenic designer for the Department of Theatre and Fine Arts, Mr. David Dwyer 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.

As a freelance scenic designer Mr. David Dwyer 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.

Focus of Teaching

For Niagara University Theatre, some of Mr. David Dwyer’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.

Current Research

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

Current Involvement

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

Educational Background

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