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Joseph Varga

Expert on stage design

Professor emeritus; resident set designer, theatre and drama School of Education Work: 608-263-3358 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Scenic design for the stage
  • Design process, from script analysis through design development, expression, collaboration and final production
  • Research for design and stagecraft
  • Scenic painting, including faux/tromp l'oeil effects, tools and materials
  • Rendering, i.e. theatrical illustration


  • Member, United Scenic Artists Local 829, national union of professional designers and artisans in theater
  • More than 30 years experience designing professionally, for plays, musicals, ballet and Shakespeare
  • Local designs include "The Nutcracker" for Madison Ballet at Overture Center; theme design lobbies ("New York, New York") for Epic Systems campus