Professional Teaching Staff and Director of Technical Theatre

Degrees: B.A./M.F.A., Member United Scenic Artists

Expertise: Theatre

Keith Nagy (Producing Director of Theatre) has been a member of the Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at John Carroll University for 19 years.  Prior to JCU, he served as Director of Production at Cleveland Opera for 16 years.  He was also the resident designer for the Cleveland Opera.  Mr. Nagy has designed the sets and lighting for a number of John Carroll University productions including “Twelfth Night,” “Twilight: Los Angeles 1992,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Buried Child,” “Lend me a Tenor,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Crimes of the Heart,” and “Blithe Spirit.”  Mr.Nagy also designs sets and lighting for Lakeland Theatre.  Mr.Nagy’s work in the theatre has been seen at Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Dobama, The Halle Theatre, Karamu, Porthouse Theatre and Berea Summer Theatre.  

Mr. Nagy, who is a member of the United Scenic Artists local #829, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from California State Polytechnic University (Pomona) and Master of Arts degree in Production Design from Ohio University.

Mr. Nagy’s most recent Cleveland credits include lights and settings for the Halle Theatre’s production of “Rags” and “Cabaret,” lighting design for Dobama’s critically acclaimed production of “Wit.” He has been designing for Lakeland Theatre since 2001 (over 20 shows sets, lighting and costumes) and his latest designs/directing has been seen at Verb Ballets and Cleveland Public Theatre.

Mr. Nagy’s directing credits at JCU include the main stage musicals “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Pippin,” and “Legally Blonde.”  He has served as regional chair for U.S.I.T.T. (U.S. institute for theatre technologists) for 8 years and has served as a faculty Coordinator for First Year Seminar at JCU for the past two years.  He currently serves as CAPA coordinator for the integrative core curriculum.  At JCU, Professor Nagy teaches Theatre courses, First Year Seminar, and CO 125.


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