VITA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3/28/10

Douglas B. Rankin

Monmouth College

700 E. Broadway

Monmouth, IL 61462-1978

(309) 734-4221



M.F.A.                   1986                        Northwestern University

                                                                (Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design)


B.A.                        1979                        Monmouth College

                                                                (Speech Communication Arts)


Certificate              1980                        Carl Sandburg College

                                                                (Airbrush Art)


                                Thesis: "Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel: Scenery, Costumes and Lighting."


                                                                Areas of Specialization:


·         Computer-Aided Design, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional.

·         Scenic painting and sculpture with experimentation in combining traditional and modern practices, especially the integrating of computer technology with classical methods.




2008-Present                                          Monmouth College




2002-2008                                               Monmouth College

                                                                Communication and Theatre



1997-2002                                               Monmouth College

                                                                Communication and Theatre

                                                                Associate Professor, Chair


1993-1997                                                                      Monmouth College

Communication Theatre

Assistant Professor


1991-1993                                               Monmouth College                                             

                                                                Communication Theatre

                                                                Visiting Assistant Professor


1990-91                                                   Monmouth College

                                                                Department of Theatre

                                                                Guest Artist


1989-90                                                   Monmouth College

                                                                Speech Communication Theatre

                                                                Visiting Assistant Professor


1988-89                                                   Monmouth College

                                                                Department of Theatre

                                                                Technical Assistant/Lecturer


1981-84                                                   Northwestern University

                                                                School of Speech

                                                                Teaching Assistant




2008-Present                                        Lighting Designer, Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg


2003-Present                                          Rigger/Installer part time, Grand Stage Company, Chicago


2007                                                        Rigger/Installer/Fabricator, Chicago Spotlight Company, Chicago


1992-1994                                               Technical Director, Prairie Players, Galesburg


1990-Present                                         Free-lance designer: all areas


1999-2000                                               Owner, Higher Grounds Internet Café and Off Broadway Cabaret


1988-1999                                               Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg

                                                                Technical Director


1984-88                                                   Northwestern University Theatre

                                                                House Carpenter


1979-81                                                   Monmouth College

                                                                Director of Public Information

                                                                Director of Sports Information


1979-81                                                   Owned photography business




                CATA 101-Fundamentals of Speech Communication

                THEA 171-Intro. to Theatre and Cinema

                THEA 173-Intro. to Technical Theatre

                THEA 376-Theatre Design and Technology

                THEA  Independent study


Scenery Design

                Have designed sets for more than 100 college, university, professional and community productions including work in stage, film and television.  Designs executed in Chicago area include television work for producer Bob Banner and stage design for two original productions by Tony-Award-winning Frank Galati.  At Northwestern University, designed mainstage productions as well as summer dinner theatre.


Costume Design

                Have designed costumes for more than 50 college, university and professional productions.


Lighting Design

                Have designed lights for more than 100 professional, college and university productions.


Other Professional Experience

                Rigger/Steel Fabricator - Chicago Spotlight Company - 2007, 2009

                Lighting Designer - Orpheum Theatre - 2008 - present

                Installer - Grand Stage Company - 2004

                Technical Director - Prairie Players  Community Theatre - 2002-04

Technical Director - Orpheum Theatre - 1988 to 1999

                House Carpenter - Theatre & Interpretation Center at Northwestern University - 1984-88

                Scenic Artist and Carpenter - Cedar Rapids Design Corporation, Chicago - 1987-88

                Exhibit Builder - Chicago Historical Society - 1986

                Set Installer - Chicago Opera Theatre - 1986-88

                Scenic Carpenter - Interlochen National Music Camp, MI - 1979

                Scenic Carpenter - Fulton Opera House, Lancaster, PA - 1978

                Technical Intern - New Playwrights' Theatre, Washington, D.C. - 1978





Member United States Institute of Theatre Technicians (USITT)

American Association of University Professors (AAUP)-secretary/treasurer of Monmouth Chapter

Member ACM Theatre Conference

Member Illinois Theatre Association (ITA)





"From Plan to Perspective with CADD and 3D," Autodesk Retail Software News, July/Aug., 1992

"Linear Perspective to the Rescue," Generic Software News magazine, Sept., 1991

International Theatre Design Archive:



"Stages: University Technical Production," Northwestern University, 2006





"How the Computer Has Altered the Practice of Scenic Design in the Theatre" Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL 2010

"Staging History" Monmouth College Alumni Weekend, Monmouth, IL 2009

“How a Designer Thinks” Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL 2005

"Using the Web for Theatre Management and Promotion” (with Prof. Wm. Wallace), ATHE National Conference, Toronto 1999

“Directing and Stage Management,” Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg, IL  1999

"How to Teach Design If You Are Not a Designer," ATHE National Conference, Chicago 1994 Conference

"Generic CADD and Theatre," USITT Conference, Seattle, 1992 (for Autodesk Corp.)

"Working with Plate Joiners," Illinois Theatre Assn., 1992 Conference

"Working with Computer Aided Design," Illinois Theatre Assn., 1992 Conference

"Working with Computerized Lighting," Orpheum Theatre (Illinois Arts Council), 1990


Service to Monmouth College


2009-present         Secretary, Personnel Committee 

2005-2007               Secretary, Admission and Academic Affairs Committee

2002-2004               Secretary, Curriculum Committee

1992-2002               Chair, Public Affairs Committee

2001-2002               Member Ad-hoc Committee on Convocations

2002-2003               Consultant Auditorium Lighting Installation





On Request