David Hardy

David Hardy

Assistant Professor

David Hardy, Lipscomb Theatre’s resident Lighting Designer, is an Assistant Professor of Design, Production, and Management. He has taught audio / visual design, lighting practicum, technical theatre, and stage management at the university.

Recent design projects include the lobby display at the GMA Honors (2016) and HALSTON—an exhibition in the John C. Hutcheson Gallery (2016).  Recent productions include Blackbird Theater Company's Myth, the Crucible, and Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Twelfth Night (Collins Auditorium production). Hardy also designs, coordinates, and mentors several events throughout the George C. Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts including many theatre productions (over 30 titles currently). 

Hardy earned his M.F.A. in both Lighting Design and in Theatre Technology from the University of Missouri - Kansas City while working as an apprentice at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, a LORT B Regional Theatre. He graduated as a Ronald McNair Scholar, a UMKC Chancellor’s Fellow, and placed 2nd in a Walt Disney Imagineering ride design competition. 

In his career, Hardy has built three revolving stages, made it rain four times on stage, arranged for the flying or suspension of someone from above twice, and worked with six different recipes for making blood on stage—including one that disappears onstage! Driven by the spectacle of special effects, his design is inspired by the desire to see the magical moment happen as perfectly as possible. 

Hardy is a proud member of the Choctaw nation, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and Hillsboro Church of Christ. He has a lovely wife named Kenna, and an incredibly sweet and smart son named Kyrien. Together they love to give to others, serve on mission trips, travel, and explore new things. Hardy would like to thank friends, family, and colleagues for their continued love, support, and collaboration.


B.A. Abilene Christian University
M.F.A. Lighting and Theatre Technology, University of Kansas City, Missouri


Theater (Sewell)

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