David is Assistant Professor and Technical Director for the department. He received
his B.A. from California State University, Fresno, and his M.F.A. from the University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Prior to joining the faculty at SUNY Fredonia, David Stellhorn spent eight years as
the Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of
Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg achieving the rank of Associate Professor. While
there, he constructed over 65 departmental productions and served as Technical Director
for the Southern Arena Theatre. He was recognized with the 2012 Outstanding Contributions
to Theatre Award by the Mississippi Theatre Association and was awarded the 2005 Aubrey
Lucas teaching grant to create a hydraulics laboratory. His wife, Hyla and he decided
to relocate to better to raise their three boys and as fate would have it, Fredonia
Before embarking on an academic career, Mr. Stellhorn spent four years as the Assistant
Technical Director at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge,
Mass., where he worked with internationally known directors and designers. The American
Repertory Theatre has been consistently recognized as one of the top three regional
theatre companies in the country.
While earning his Master of Fine Arts in Technical Production, Stellhorn was awarded
the first Fredrick Buerki Scenic Technology award from the United States Institute
of Theatre Technicians for his work engineering the motion controlled elevator and
turntables for the musical "Once Upon a Mattress" (1999).
As a Technical Director, he has skills in fine woodworking, rigging and computer-aided
drafting (VectorWorks and AutoCAD). He has engineered pneumatic, hydraulic, and motorized
scenic control systems. He also has extensive experience in metal fabrication, including
MIG, TIG and SMA welding, plasma and oxy-acetylene torch cutting.
Prof. Stellhorn has been the master carpenter at the American Players Theatre in Spring
Green, WI. He worked for three years as a staff scenic carpenter at California State
University, Fresno. He spent the first two summers of his theatre career as a carpenter
at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, CA.