David L. Thayer

David L. Thayer

Professor Emeritus
Former Chair of Theatre Arts
BS, Lewis and Clark College
MA, The University of Iowa
PhD, The University of Iowa
University of Iowa Faculty, 1952-1997

For more than 40 years, David held leadership positions in the Theatre Arts Department. He served as head of both the Design and Theatre Technology programs; Production Manager for all the Performing Arts units; as department consultant for the planning of the Theatre Building (and several other University buildings); and as Chair of the Department.

As an artist, he has designed lighting for world premiere productions of 21 plays, 7 operas, more than 100 dances, and over 150 other productions. He continues to design one or two productions each year.  

David was instrumental in establishing design as a central element in the American College Theatre Festival, and in 1997 was honored with the Kennedy Center/ACTF Gold Medallion for Lifetime Service.  One of the University of Iowa Theatres was named in his honor.