Thomas E. Anderson


Thomas Anderson PhotoThomas Anderson (2008) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Technical Director/Lighting in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Salisbury University. He teaches courses in Technical Production, Principles of Design, Lighting Design, and Stage Management.

Anderson holds an M.F.A. in Scenography (set, light, and costume design) from Detroit's Wayne State University and the Hilberry Repertory Theatre. Tom's professional credits include the Resident Set/Costume Designer for the Theater at Lime Kiln in Lexington, Virginia: set designs for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Talley’s Folly, As You Like It, and the premieres of Uncivil War, The Last Hanging in Pike County, and Tom Ziegler's Glory Bound; costume designs for Voice of the Prairie, Mountain Memory, and Macbeth; and set and costume designs for The Cotton Patch Gospel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lion In Winter, and Fair and Tender Ladies

At Salisbury University, Tom's production credits as Technical Director/Lighting Designer include Dido and Aeneas (opera), Gospel at Colonus, Much Ado About Nothing, Oleanna, Private Lives, Summer and Smoke, The London Cuckolds; and, as Set Designer, A Christmas Carol and Little Shop of Horrors. He is a frequent presenter at expos and conferences held by the Chesapeake Section of the United States Institute for Theatre.

Tom has won the Dearborn, Michigan Press and Guide PAGE Award for "Best Set Design and Technical Direction" for Grapes of Wrath. He was Set Designer for Wild Honey named "Best Play of 1990" by the Detroit Free Press. His set design for The Great White Hope received a "Certificate of Recognition" from the National Black Theatre Network.  He was nominated for "Best Lighting Design, Set Design and Technical Direction" for Post Mortem and received a Regional Anna Award Nomination for his set design for Uncivil War.  Tom designed the staging for Nelson Mandela’s National Tour appearance in Detroit’s historic Tiger Stadium.

Most recently, Mr. Anderson directed The Meeting by Jeff Stetson that was performed by the New Salisbury Players in Scotland’s 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest art festival. This was Anderson’s third appearance at the Festival as a director or technical director in seven years.

Previously, Mr. Anderson was the Technical Director/Designer for the Department of Theatre at Washington and Lee University, where his work included the lighting designs for Gladiator, Uncle Vanya, The Perm, FM, The Interview, The Notebook and Children of a Lesser God.      

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