Kevin Dreyer

Professor, Theatre


Design and Production

Research Interests

Lighting for stage, lighting for dance, lighting for camera, stage management, theatre management, producing, new play development


Kevin Dreyer is an experienced lighting designer and a member of the United Scenic Artists with an active freelance career. He has designed for major companies across the United States and around the world with reviews and award nominations from four continents.

He has been on the faculty at Notre Dame since 1989, where in addition to teaching he has designed lighting and scenery for the theatre season. In recent years he has added the responsibilities of producing and directing for the University. He published the first book about lighting design for dance in 2020.

His whole family is in the arts — his wife directed the Saint Mary's College dance program for 30 years and his three daughters are involved in theatre as either performers or educators. Kevin's work as a lighting designer has been seen in Chicago and around the world with the Joffrey Ballet and Ballet West. His design work is featured in Robert Altman’s film The Company.

Representative Publications, Performances, and Creative Works

Dance and Light: The Partnership Between Choreography and Lighting Design published by Routledge, 2020.

Lighting for The Nutcracker, Ballet West 2018. 

Lighting for The Green Table, American Ballet Theatre, 2005.

Lighting for Ruth, Ricordi Per Due, Joffrey Ballet, 2004.

Phone: 574-631-5959
Office: 203 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center