Michael Devine

Michael Devine

Michael Devine

  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
  • Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York
First year at SCAD:

Being around the creative energy students generate is invigorating. As a professor, I am inspired by their innovative nature. After winning my Tony Award, I was in high demand as a professional but thought much of the work I completed felt somewhat redundant and lackluster. After teaching an acting workshop off-Broadway, I felt fulfilled through working with students as a guide and mentor. Their passion for theater was enchanting. Since that time, I obtained a sense of enrichment in my work both as a teacher and a professional. I hope I can sustain the infectious wonderment my students hold for the performing arts.


United States Institute for Theatre Technology 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award for Scenic Design, creative director for Universal Studios Dubai, creative consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering, creative director for Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois.

Awards, recognition and honors

18 Drama-Logue Awards; four Themed Entertainment Association Awards; Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Achievement


United Scenic Artists Local 829, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Themed Entertainment Association, American Association of Museums, International Council of Museums, Savannah Film Commission

Publications and presentations

  • Guest speaker/design adjudicator, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, southern regional conferences: 2004, 2008
  • Guest speaker/design adjudicator, United States Institute for Theatre Technology, western regional conference: 1998
  • Featured panelist, "The Future of 5-D in Performance Design," United States Institute for Theatre Technology 50th Anniversary Celebration, national conference: 2010

Previous Positions

Founding director of performing arts design and technology program at California Institute of the Arts

Courses Taught

  • MPRA 310 Stage Combat I
  • MPRA 375 Directing
  • MPRA 415 Stage Combat II
  • MPRA 707 Principles of Performance
  • PROD 101 Introduction to Production Design
  • PROD 321 Scenic Design II
  • PROD 490 Production Design Portfolio
  • PROD 730 Script Analysis and Conceptualization