David C. (“Kip”) Shawger, Jr. Associate Professor Emeritus of Theatre Design
Professionally, Kip Shawger is an award winning designer whose credits include scenery for American Entertainment Productions, Carnival Cruise Lines, Off-Broadway, Actors’ Theater of Indiana, Regional Theaters, and the PBS children’s television series The Adventures of Elmer and Friends. He has also been published in Theater Crafts Magazine and other leading theatrical journals, as well as the educational videos Where Do I Start? and How Do I Paint It? He is a past recipient of the University's Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award, Outstanding Faculty Service Award, College of Fine Arts Dean’s Teaching award and in 2001 he was presented the John F. Kennedy Center's Gold Medallion for excellence in theater. Shawger is a past National Chair of Design and Technology for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival and served on the KCACTF National Executive Committee as member-at-large. He is also a member of the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT), the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) as well as the International Organization of Scenographers, Theater Architects and Technicians (OSTAT), the Professional Photographers of America, and the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild, of which he is a member of the Board of Directors. Dedicated to the education and training of young theater artists, his design students attend graduate programs and work in the professional theater and film industry from New York to Los Angeles. In retirement, Kip continues to photograph, design, and teach for the department on a part-time basis. He also continues to free-lance his theatrical scenic design work.