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Jim Hunter

Professor, Theatre
Department of Theatre and Dance,
University of South Carolina

Office: Drayton 210
Phone Number: 803.777.1203

Scene and Lighting Design. Professor. MFA, University of Virginia, 1991. United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Jim’s scene and lighting designs have been seen at such theatres as the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Phoenix Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Florida Stage, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Drury Lane Theatre, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, VeggieTales Live National Tour, Florida Studio Theatre, World Stage Exposition in Toronto as well as others. Jim toured with the modern dance company Wall Street Danceworks. Recent designs have been recognized with two consecutive AriZoni Awards for Excellence in Scene Design.  Jim is a member of the national designers union, United Scenic Artist, Local 829 in both scene and lighting design.  He served as Chair for the Department of Theatre and Dance here at the University of South Carolina and Artistic Director of Theatre South Carolina from 2004 to 2014.  National service to the profession includes work as Vice President (2017-2020) for the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and member of the Board of Trustees (2017-2020) for the Council of Arts Accrediting Associations (CAAA).  Prior to election as Vice President, Jim served six years as a member of the NAST Commission for Accreditation and an additional three years as Chair of the Commission and Member of the Board of Directors.  He has served regularly as a NAST Visiting Evaluator for membership reviews since 2007.  Recent local community service includes board membership on the Columbia Design League, President of the Blythewood Middle School Orchestra Booster Club, and work with the Harvest Hope Food Bank.  Please visit his online portfolio at