John Curran Jr., MFA

John CurranAssociate Professor, Chair of Art and Theatre Department, Theatre Technical Director and Manager

Office Location:  Stephens 208B
Telephone: 630-844-3850
Fax:  630-844-7830
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I have a passion for academic theatre.  Although I have had many wonderful professional experiences over the years, I cannot escape the draw of student productions.  This is the place where we have the most freedom to experiment and find deeper connections to the art.  It is also where we make the best use of all of the components of theatre: history, acting, directing, designing, writing, etc.  Before coming to Aurora in 2006, I taught theatre at William Rainey Harper College, Indiana University Northwest and North Central College. Professionally, I have been involved in over 150 productions throughout the country.

M.F.A. Theatre Design and Technology - Ohio University
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies - Glenville State College
Areas of Specialization
Technical Theatre, Theatre Design, 3D Design, Sculpture

Courses Taught
Introduction to Theatre
Stagecraft 1
Stagecraft 2
Acting 1
3D Design
Introduction to Sculpture

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
As a professional designer, technical director, and craftsperson, my  work has been seen in theatres all over the country including: The Kennedy Center, Minnesota Opera, Candlelight Dinner Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, and Santa Fe Opera.

Award of Meritorious Achievement (Scenic Design) from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Medea at Indiana University Northwest

Highlights of Campus Involvement
I have the privilege of being the Scenic and Lighting Designer for most of the Theatre Productions at Aurora University

I have also been the Scenic Designer for The Student Prince, The New Moon, and Die Fledermaus at Music by the Lake.