Douglas-Scott Goheen

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Professor, Drama
Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Head of Scenic Design

M.F.A., Yale School of Drama
PhD, University of Denver

Phone: (949) 824-7358
Fax: (949) 824-3475

University of California, Irvine
School of the Arts 146c
Mail Code: 2775
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Theatre Scenic Design and Digital Imaging for the Theatre
Research Abstract
With extensive design credits in virtually every medium of the performing arts, Goheen has designed innovative and acclaimed stage settings for a rich variety of production venues including The Polish Laboratory Theatre, Roberto Bacci's Teatro Piccolo in Italy, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Beverly Hills Theatre 40, the University of Costa Rica and Teatro Eliazar Jorge Gaitan in Bogotá, Colombia.

Committed to a combination of professional and academic activity for his students and himself, Goheen keeps his eye on television art direction (ABC/CBS/NBC/MTV/E!) and maintains a vigorous relationship with alternative theatre beyond, way beyond, Hollywood---(The New World Performance Laboratory in Cleveland, The Institute for Studies in the Arts in Phoenix, Il Laboritorio di Cenci in Umbria, Italy.)

Goheen has an MFA in scene design from the Yale School of Drama, a Ph.D. In Dramatic Literature from the University of Denver, memberships in USAA Local 829 (New York,) IATSE Local 816 (Hollywood,) and teaches his Students how to design with a pencil as well as CAD, Adobe, Macromedia and 3-d Studio Max.

While comfortable with the realities of commercial/popular entertainment, Goheen, himself, specializes in working with the kind of theatre groups that Eugenio Barba calls, "the outlying zones of Planet Theatre; the groups that autonomously construct a meaning which does not recognize the boundaries assigned to our craft by the surrounding culture."

Like all mature artist/teachers, Goheen brings a distinct point-of-view, an aesthetic, to relationships with his graduate students. His "pov" leans heavily toward the risky, the singular, the utterly personal. But, recognizing that some students wish a strong connection to the traditional and commercially-viable, his teaching goal is, simply, to help each gifted, hardworking student of any artistic persuasion find her or his own way as an artist. "We are, each, unique, biological organisms capable of unique, artistical visions."
Professional Societies
IATSE # 816, Hollywood
USAA #829, New York
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