Dylan Bollinger, MFA

Assistant Professor & Director of Theatre Design/Technology Phone 816-501-3733

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”

~ Aaron Rose

Dylan G Bollinger is the Director of Theatre Design and Technology at Avila University.

​His love of design began in high school where he was put behind an ETC Express, and discovered how lighting design could help facilitate storytelling. Since then, his love of lighting has never dimmed, pun intended. While in graduate school, Dylan expanded his design skills to scenic, sound, and digital media design; embracing the scenographic philosophy of design.

​Dylan received his undergraduate education and an M.Ed. in Theatre Education at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. He earned his MFA in Drama with a concentration in design from The University of North Carolina Greensboro. While serving as a resident designer at Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, Ohio Dylan won two Broadway World Awards for his designs of “Pippin” and “Matilda the Musical”. Additionally, Dylan has worked in the live entertainment sector for clients such as President Joe Biden and Grammy Award-Winning groups The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6. While at CSU, Dylan received the National Stage Management Fellowship with the Kennedy Center and was also recognized by the Kennedy Center for his lighting design for the world premiere production of Compañeras.

​In his free time, Dylan enjoys reading new plays, writing, drawing, and spending time with family and friends.

Stagecraft, Stage Lighting, Computer Drafting for the Theatre, Sound Engineering and Design, Portfolio Prep for the Theatre, Advanced Lighting and Sound Design, Advanced Scenic and Props Construction, Period Styles in Scenic Design, Stage Management Practicum, Technical Theatre Practicum, Senior Project, Internship
MFA, Drama w/Design Concentration, University of North Carolina Greensboro
M.Ed., Theatre Education, Columbus State University
BSEd, Theatre Education, Columbus State University
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Stage Management Fellowship Recipient
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award for Lighting Design of "Compañeras"and Technical Direction of "Twenty20's"
Georgia Theatre Conference, Best Conceptual Design and Best Props for "The Yellow Boat"
Broadway World Award Regional Awards for Best Lighting Design of "Pippin" and "Matilda the Musical"
Jubilee Cultural Arts Alliance Grant Recipient
The American Prize for Opera Production, 3rd Place Finish for "The Magic Flute"
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