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Toni Auletti

Charge Scenic Artist University Productions and Lecturer of Theatre


Toni Auletti has a joint appointment working for University Productions as the charge scenic artist and as an adjunct lecturer in theatre for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Auletti organizes, schedules, and runs two painting studios on campus: a large shop in the Power Center and a studio in the Walgreen Drama Center.

In addition to being responsible for putting paint on the five shows produced each semester, Auletti serves as a professional mentor, teaching scenic painting, and training people to become better painters, artisans and the like.  A day on the job includes working alongside students to direct them towards realizing the scene designers’ vision.

Auletti holds an MFA in Scene Design from the University of Michigan and a BFA in Technical Theatre from Wayne State University. She has over 25 years’ of technical theatre experience. Her passion for teaching and painting motivate her thorough her daily shop operations.

Outside the University, Auletti has recently dived into the movie industry as a set painter. She also has a mural at the Detroit Zoo with plans to paint some permanent exhibits for the Zoo’s Train Tunnel. Over the years she has painted exhibits for the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. She also has served as charge artist for several productions at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, MI; designed many sets for Wild Swan Theatre Company; and worked with Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Theatre Guild designing and painting sets. She’s been recognized for her murals as well as her children’s book illustrations. Auletti lives in rural Dexter with her fabulous husband Mark Gentry and her bird Lil Sug, the cutest parrot ever.

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