Office: Robinson 378
Office: Robinson 378
Since 1982 Professor Auerbach has created stage designs for over two hundred regional theatre and university productions for both theatre and dance. Though a versatile designer with broad interests, he’s often drawn to productions that evoke strong displays of emotion – the works of Williams, Miller and Ibsen, for example. He’s particularly interested in designing for the Shakespeare canon and those of other playwrights whose work provides the opportunity for creating a unique composition on an open palette.
Some highlights of his design experience include three productions for the nationally-renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival: the world premiere of The Lucky Spot, by Beth Henley, (featuring Dylan Baker, Holly Hunter, Carol Kane, Christine Lahti, and Kurtwood Smith); Golden Boy, directed by Joanne Woodward (featuring Dylan McDermott); and Autumn Elegy(featuring E.G. Marshall). Additional noteworthy projects are fifteen productions for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, several of which were directed by Artistic Director, Bonnie J. Monte. Some of his favorites there are the critically-acclaimed productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, Othello, The Tempest, and The Seagull. Also at the STNJ was the American Premiere of the award-winning musical, Enter the Guardsman (featuring Robert Cuccioli and Dana Reeve). Other professional credits include lighting designs for the Richmond Ballet, the Heritage Repertory Theatre at the University of Virginia, and guest artist at the University of South Carolina.
Auerbach designed scenery for the documentary film What Farocki Taught, by Jill Godmilow. It was selected for the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial 2000 in New York City – a commemoration of artists whose works the curators feel reflect the best of what has happened in contemporary art during the previous two years. An award-winning film which appeared in more than eighteen film festivals in cities around the world including, Rotterdam, Athens, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Philadelphia, Palermo, and Hong Kong. This replica of the 1969 film by Harum Farocki, Inextinguishable Fire, focuses on the production of napalm by the Dow Chemical Company.
In addition to his design work, he served for six years as Chair and Artistic Director for the Department of Dance and Theatre at UNC Charlotte. Prior to that he was the Associate Chair and Director of Theatre in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He was editor of the first edition of Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design: A Compendium, published by the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology.
He currently serves as the University Ombuds and is a Certified Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner.