Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Robert Sunderman

Associate Professor of Design and Technical Theatre                    Office 515-294-4482

Resident Scenic Designer/Scenic Artist                                          Cell 515-689-2245

2228 Pearson Hall

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa 50011

 

Teaching and Design Experience

Assistant Professor of Theatre:  2000 – present

Iowa State University Theatre; Ames, Iowa
Teach Design and Technology curriculum, mentor undergraduates, scenic painting, supervise Technical Director and advise design students. Design three main stage productions.

Scenic Designer:  1984 – 2000

Iowa Public Television; Johnston, Iowa
Design sets for regional and national TV shows using 3-D models, renderings, scenic painting, working drawings and designer elevations. Scene shop foreman and construction supervisor.

Freelance Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist:  1982 – present

Sunderman Enterprises; Des Moines, Iowa
Design sets and scenic paint for regional and national TV shows, Conferences and Theatre using 3-D models, renderings, working drawings and designer elevations. Scenic construction.

Artist:  1982 – present

Sunderman Enterprises; Des Moines, Iowa
3-D sculpture construction of metal and mixed media in all forms. 2-D Painting and drawing landscapes in an expressionistic/impressionistic contemporary style.

Metal Sculpture and Wearable Art Instructor:  1987 – 2011

Des Moines Art Center; Des Moines, Iowa Introduce new techniques and materials. Explore all avenues of creating 3-D metal art. Continuing education for K-12 teachers.

Education

M.F.A major: Metalsmithing and Jewelry, minor: Painting

1980–1982                              University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa

M.A major: Metalsmithing and Jewelry, minor: Painting

1979–1980                              University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa

B.F.A major: Painting, minor: Metalsmithing and Jewelry

1975–1979                              University of Iowa; Iowa City, Iowa

Publications

Scenic Design Article in World Stage Design Exhibition Magazine, 2006
Artwork on cover Heroes Among Us, 2002

References

Pip Gordon (Marshalltown Theatre) 515-269-3126

Retired Education Coordinator Peggy Leonardo (Des Moines Art Center) 515-277 – 4405

Assistant Professor Linda Pisano (University of Indiana) 812-855 – 0809

Retired Executive Director Dan Miller (Iowa Public Television) 515-242 – 3100

Assistant Professor Brad Dell (Iowa State University) 724-787-7639

Lecturer Kelly Schaefer (Iowa State University) 515-509-0583

Mike Mars (Bow & Arrow Productions) 515-208-4329

Matt Foss (University of Idaho) 773-936-2846

Awards (not inclusive)

Meritorious Achievement Award

Into the Woods 2014; KCACTF; ISU Theatre; Ames, Iowa

Meritorious Achievement Award

The Street Car Named Desire 2013; KCACTF; ISU Theatre; Ames, Iowa

Meritorious Achievement Award

Rent 2012; KCACTF; ISU Theatre; Ames, Iowa

Meritorious Achievement Award

The Marriage of Figaro 2007; KCACTF; ISU Theatre; Ames, Iowa

Meritorious Achievement Award

Proof 2003; KCACTF; Iowa State University Theatre; Ames, Iowa

Region V Nominee 2003
Kennedy Center Faculty Summer Fellowship in Scenic Design; KCACTF

UNI; Cedar Falls, Iowa

Meritorious Achievement Award

Twelfth Night 2001; KCACTF; Iowa State University Theatre; Ames, Iowa

Iowa Film Awards 1998 Award of Excellence;
Art Direction Halloween Hoopla; Iowa Public Television; Johnston, Iowa

List of Scenic Designs (not inclusive)

Theatre/Opera:

Magic Flute 2015; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; ISU Music Theatre; Ames, Iowa

August:Osage County 2015; Scenic Designer/Scenic Artist; Nebraska Wesleyan University; Lincoln, Neb.

Chicago 2015; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; Nebraska Wesleyan University; Lincoln, Nebraska

Les Miserables 2015; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; ISU Music Theatre & SOV; Ames, Iowa

Amadeus 2013; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; ISU Theatre; Ames, Iowa

The Street Car Named Desire 2013; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; ISU Theatre; Ames, Iowa

Don Giovanni 2015; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Carman 2014; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

La Boheme 2013; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Candide 2012; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; ISU Music Theatre; Ames, Iowa

Rent 2012; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; ISU Music Theatre & SOV; Ames, Iowa

Kiss Me Kate 2011; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; ISU Music Theatre & SOV; Ames, Iowa

Sweeney Todd 2010; Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist; ISU Theatre; Ames, Iowa

Forum 2008; Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist; ISU Theatre; Ames, Iowa

The Marriage of Figaro 2002; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; Aspen Opera; Aspen, Colorado

Cabaret 2001; Scenic Designer; Grinnell College Theatre; Grinnell, Iowa

Over 50 productions 2000-2015; Scenic Design; Iowa State University Theatre; Ames, Iowa

 

Television/Industrial:

Allstate Insurance International Conference 2014; Design Consultant; Paris, France

Allstate Insurance National Conference 2013; Scenic Artist; Washington DC

Market to Market & Iowa Press 2008; Scenic Designer; IPTV; Johnston, Iowa

Christmas at Luther 2005, 2000; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; IPTV/Luther College; Decorah, Iowa

World Food Prize 1999; Scenic Designer & Scenic Artist; Des Moines, Iowa

Over 150 Productions 1984-2000; Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist & T D; IPTV; Johnston, Iowa

National Presidential Debates 1984-2000; Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist & TD; IPTV; Johnston, Iowa

 

List of Exhibitions and Shows (not inclusive)

Scenic Design Exhibitions:

15 Exhibitions 1990-2013; Regional and National.

 

Fine Art Shows And Exhibitions:

Over Two Hundred Exhibitions 1983-2015; Regional and National.

 

Classes (Iowa State University)

Semester                                         Course #/Title

Fall 2000-2008                Thtre 250 Practicum

Spring 2000-2015           Thtre 360 Stagecraft II

Spring 2000-2015            Thtre 461 Advanced Design

Spring 2000-2010            Thtre 366 Design II (team taught/not professor of record)

Spring 2000-2015           Thtre 490 & Thtre 469 Independent Study

Fall-Spring 2009-2015    Thtre 255 Intro to Theatre Production

Fall 2000-2015                Thtre 365 Design I

Fall 2001-2015                Thtre 504D Scenic Painting

Spring 2002-2015            290H Honors Mentorship Program

Fall 2004                          Thtre 469 Independent Study Theatre Design