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Gary Decker

Assistant Professor of Theatre (Scene and Lighting Design) and Coordinator of Productions

Gary Decker has been a member of the University of Michigan Department of Theatre & Drama faculty since 1984. A scenery and lighting designer, he teaches classes in theatre production, the history of décor, and the history of theatre architecture and theatre design. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Central-St. Martins School of Design in London, England and a faculty member and designer for the Classic Theatre Institute in Athens, Greece.

Decker has designed scenery and lighting for more than 150 theatre productions, including over 70 at the University of Michigan. His scenic design for Fully Committed at The Century Theatre earned him The Detroit Free Press Theatre Design Excellence Award. Decker has been twice named “Theatre Designer of the Year” by The Detroit News and has received two International Illumination Design Awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Additionally, he has designed scenery and exhibition displays for many Fortune 500 corporations including AT&T, Lincoln-Mercury, Buick, Oldsmobile, Little Caesar’s, and B. F. Goodrich.

Decker has been a consultant on numerous theatre construction and restoration projects. He has designed interiors and lighting for commercial projects including: On Stage – A Restaurant and The Elwood Grill, both in Detroit, The Fashion Cafe in Rockefeller Center, and The Arndale Centre in Manchester, UK.


BA, University of Wisconsin – Eau Clair
MA, Eastern Michigan University

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