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Toni Auletti

Charge Scenic Artist University Productions and Lecturer of Theatre


Toni Auletti has a joint appointment teaching scene painting classes as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theatre for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and is the charge artist/department head for University Productions in the Power Center studio. In addition to serving as a professional mentor to her students, she is responsible for putting color & texture on the main stage shows produced each semester and keeping the paint shops in running order.

Auletti holds an MFA in scene design from the University of Michigan, a BFA in technical theatre from Wayne State University, and has over 33 years of technical theatre experience. Her passion for teaching and painting motivate her thorough her daily shop operations as she paints alongside students to realize the scene designers’ vision. The central campus shop space is the location for her formal academic classes where we study scenic artistry and the steps of Trompe l’oeil style scene painting for the theater.

Outside the University, Auletti has worked in many places from set designer for her local Dexter theatre to the movie industry as a set painter. Over the years she has painted exhibits for the Public Museum of Grand Rapids and the Detroit Zoo; 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 super cute companion parrot Li’l Sug Bird.


Education

BFA (technical theatre), Wayne State University
MFA (scene design), University of Michigan

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