Joseph Gardner


Ph.D., M.A. Florida State University
B.A. Davidson


I am widely recognized as one of the area's best scenic and lighting designers, with over a hundred credits in regional professional theatres.

My work has been recognized with numerous area awards, most recently Metrolina Theatre Association's "Outstanding Set Design, College and University" for Davidson's She Loves Me and the 2005 regional design award for Beauty and the Beast, produced by Charlotte Summer Theatre. Other professional set designs include those for Charlotte Rep (Angels in America Parts I and II, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Glass Menagerie); CPCC Summer Theatre (Camelot, Chess, Annie Get Your Gun); Tarradiddle Players (Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Cry Wolf, Pinocchio); North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (Tartuffe); and most recently Burning Coal Theatre (Hair). I have taught at Davidson since 1974, serving as department chair from 1990 until 2003. My courses include design, playwriting and studio production.