David C. (“Kip”) Shawger, Jr.
David C. (“Kip”) Shawger, Jr.
Associate Professor Emeritus of Theatre Design

David C. (“Kip”) Shawger, Jr. - Design and Technology Faculty, Emeritus

David C. (“Kip”) Shawger, Jr. (he/him) has a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a Master’s Degree in Theatre Design from Bradley University, and a Master of Photography Degree awarded to him from the Professional Photographers of America. He is also an honored listee in Marquis Who’s Who in education and the arts.

Kip is an award-winning scenic designer whose more the 400 credits include Off-Broadway, regional theatre, American Entertainment Productions, Carnival Cruise Lines, and the PBS children’s television series The Adventures of Elmer and Friends. He has been published in “Theatre Crafts Magazine” and other leading theatrical journals, as well as the educational videos Where Do I Start? and How Do I Paint It? produced by Design Video Communications, Inc. 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 theatre. Shawger is a past National Chair of Design and Technology for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and served on the KCACTF National Executive Committee as member-at-large. He is also a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) as well as the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OSTAT), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), American Society of Photographers (ASP), 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 theatre artists, his design students attend graduate programs and work in the professional theatre 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 in theatrical scenic design.