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Thomas C. Umfrid

Title: Professor of Stage Design
Office: 2440 Corbett Cntr Perform Arts
Tel: 513-556-9452

Thomas Umfrid celebrates over 35 years as a teaching professional and established designer for drama, musical theatre, opera and dance across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Previous faculty appointments include the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Senior Lecturer, Professor, and Head of Design), Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts (Guest Fellow), U.of Nebraska-Lincoln (Associate Professor) and U. of South Dakota-Vermillion (Assistant Professor).

His former staff positions include the Santa Fe Opera, Missouri Repertory Theater, and the Guthrie Theatre. He has designed for the Royal College of Music, Stages St. Louis, New Mexico Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Ballet, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival (for whom he has designed 12 productions). For the Manhattan School of Music he designed the noteworthy New York City premiere of Shostakovich’s opera The Nose. His favorite CCM scenic designs include Don Giovanni,²Dancing at Lughnasa, On the Town, Pelleas et Melisande, The Crucible (opera), Rusalka, The Ballad of Baby Doe, My One and Only, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Secret Garden, The Rake¹s Progress, Don Pasqualé, Julio Cesare in Egitto, Little Me, Assassins, Falstaff, Chicago, Zaide (world premiere), La Boheme, Man of La Mancha, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Susannah and Reckless. National awards include 14 USITT and National Opera Association awards for stage design, creative work and opera production.


  • BA, California State University-Long Beach.
  • MFA, Bush Fellow, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN.