Thomas C. Umfrid

Professional Memberships

USA 829 Since 1980; by examination
OISTAT - Independent member
USITT - Independent member

Design Assistant

The John Conklin Studio  –   Studio and Traveling Assistant – 1 Year – Manhattan, NYC;  Amsterdam and Enschede, Holland; San Francisco, CA; and Williamstown, MA

Kansas City Rep (née Missouri Rep)  – Resident Design Assistant - 1 season – Kansas City, MO

The Wizard of Oz   –   Design by Paul Shortt – Ordway Theatre, St. Paul, MN

Scenic Arts And Props Craft

The Santa Fe Opera (3 seasons)  –   Scenic Artist - Prop Department – Santa Fe, NM

The Guthrie Theatre (1 season)  –   Props staff – Minneapolis, MN

Grants And Fellowships

National Institute for Music Theatre  –   1-year study grant in New York City – The John Conklin Studio

The Bush Foundation Fellowship  – Tuition/stipend scholarship; 2 years – The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Academic Appointments

Professor and Resident Designer  –   College-Conservatory of Music/CCM – University of Cincinnati, OH

Professor and Head of Design  –   Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts – S.A.R. Hong Kong,  China

Guest Scholar in Residence  –   Shanghai Theatre Academy – Shanghai,  China

Guest Scholar in Residence  –   Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts – Perth, Western Australia

Senior Lecturer - Design  –   Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts – S.A.R. Hong Kong,  China

Associate Professor - Design  –   University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Assistant Professor - Design  –   University of South Dakota

Guest Lectures of Distinction

Shanghai Institute for Visual Art (SIVA)  – Shanghai, China

Hong Kong Polytechnic - Applied Design  – S.A.R. Hong Kong,  China

National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts  – Beijing, China

Shanghai Theatre Academy   – Shanghai, China

Education

University of Minnesota-Minneapolis  - MFA - Stage Design

California State University - Long Beach  - BA - Technical Theatre


 

Opera

Candide   –   dir. Emma Griffin – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Cunning Little Vixen   –  dir. Tom Hawkes  –  Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

Cendrillon   –   dir. Robin Guarino – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Il Signor Bruschino / The Telephone   –   dir. Robin Guarino – CCM Spotelo, Spotelo, Italy

Le nozze di Figaro  –   dir. Robin Guarino – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Falstaff  –   dir. Robin Guarino – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

L'etoile  –   dir. Robin Guarino – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Don Pasquale  –   dir. Omer Ben Seadia – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream   –  dir. Ceri Sherlock  –  Hong Kong Academy of Performing Art

Don Giovanni  –   dir. Paula Williams – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Le nozze di Figaro  –   dir. Paula Williams – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Werther  –   dir. Nic Muni – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Crucible  –   dir. Nic Muni – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Of Mice and Men  –   dir. Nic Muni – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Nose (NYC Premiere)  –   dir. Lou Galterio – Manhattan School of Music NYC

Le Donne Curiose  –   dir. Lou Galterio – Manhattan School of Music NYC

Dialogues des Carmélites  –   dir. Steven Goldstein  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Lucia di Lammermoor  –   dir. Fabrizio Melano  – Cincinnati Opera OH

Falstaff  –   dir. Malcolm Fraser  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Rake's Progress/CCM  –   dir. Malcolm Fraser  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Rake's Progress/RCM  –   dir. Malcolm Fraser  – Royal College of Music, London

Zaide (world premiere of complete opera)  –   dir. Malcolm Fraser  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH / The Juilliard School

Cosi fan tutte  –   dir. Malcolm Fraser  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

La Boheme  –   dir. Malcolm Fraser  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Rusalka  –   dir. Malcolm Fraser  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Guilio Cesare in Egitto  –   dir. Malcolm Fraser  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi  –   dir. Kevin Miller  – Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

The Ballad of Baby Doe  –   dir. Thomas de Mallet Burgess  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Pelleas et Melisande  –   dir. Thomas de Mallet Burgess  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Don Pasquale  –   dir. Jonathan Eaton  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

L'incoronazione di Poppea  –   dir. Jonathan Eaton  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

L'scala de seta  –   dir. Jonathan Eaton  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Susannah  –   dir. Jonathan Eaton  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Albert Herring  –   dir. Jonathan Eaton  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Il barbiere di Siviglia –   dir. Karen Coe Miller  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

L'elisir d'amore –   dir. Sandra Bernhard  – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Musicals

They Were You   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

American Idiot   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Carousel   –   dir. Diane Lala – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Chicago   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Falsettos   –   dir. DeeAnne Bryll & Ed Cohen – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Evita   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Little Women   –   dir. Thom Warren – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Pajama Game   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Pirates of Penzance   –   dir. Jeremy Kronenberg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Man of La Mancha   –   dir. Michael Hamilton – Stages St. Louis, Missouri

Camelot   –   dir. Michael Hamilton – Stages St. Louis, Missouri

Brigadoon   –   dir. Richard Hess – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Pirates of Penzance   –   dir. Russel Treyz – Utah Shakespearean Festival

On The Town   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

My One and Only   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Man of La Mancha   –   dir. Brad Carroll – Utah Shakespearean Festival

Man of La Mancha   –   dir. Michael Hamilton – Stages St. Louis, Missouri

The Secret Garden   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Sweet Charity   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Little Me   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Forever Plaid   –   dir. William Martin – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

And the World Goes Round   –   dir. Richard Hess – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Something's Afoot   –   dir. William Martin – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Assassins   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Blame It On Movies   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Two Gentlemen of Verona   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Carousel   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Nunsense 1 & 2   –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Anything Goes!   –   dir. Darwin Knight – Walso-Astoria Theater, Kansas City, KS

3 Guys Naked From The Waist Down  –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Sally Blane, World's  Greatest Girl Detective  –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Baker's Wife  –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Happy End  –   dir. James Holmes – New Mexico Rep, Santa Fe, NM

Dramas

The Heidi Chronicles  –   dir. Richard Hess – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Coram Boy  –   dir. Richard Hess – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Macbeth  –   dir. Brant Russell – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

You Can't Take It With You  –   dir. Richard Hess – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

The Curse of the Starving Class  –   dir. D. Lynn Meyers – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) OH

Twelfth Night  –   dir. Marcia Taylor – Shakespeare-Santa Cruz, CA

All in the Timing  –   dir. Steve Rothman – Playhouse-in-the-Park, Cincinnati,  OH

The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr  –   dir. Pamela Hunt – Playhouse-in-the-Park, Cincinnati,  OH

A Streetcar Named Desire  –   dir. Cynthia White – Utah Shakespearean Festival

A Flea In Her Ear  –   dir. Mark Rucker – Utah Shakespearean Festival

A Midsummer Night's Dream  –   dir. Gavin Cameron Webb – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Othello  –   dir. James Holmes – New Mexico Rep, Santa Fe

Tartuffe  –   dir. Paul Barnes – Utah Shakespearean Festival

Tartuffe  –   dir. Libby Appel – New Mexico Rep, Santa Fe

Ah, Wilderness!  –   dir. R. Terrell Finney – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

Arsenic and Old Lace  –   dir. J.R. Sullivan – Utah Shakespearean Festival

Ah, Wilderness!  –   dir. James Edmondson – Utah Shakespearean Festival

Love Labour's Lost  –   dir. Kathleen Conlin – Utah Shakespearean Festival

Dancing At Lughnasa  –   dir. R. Terrell Finney – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest  –   dir. Richard Hess – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

Harvey–   dir. Henson Keys – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

Hay Fever  –   dir. Paul Barnes – Utah Shakespearean Festival

Cymbeline  –   dir. Michael Hankins – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

Richard III  –   dir. Michael Hankins – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

A Flea In Her Ear  –   dir. Aubrey Berg – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

The Royal Family –   dir. Howard Milman – Utah Shakespearean Festival

Reckless –   dir. Karen O'Brien – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

Love's Labour's Lost –   dir. Michael Hankins – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

Fortinbras –   dir. Lucinda Holshue – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

Nora –   dir. Meredith Alexander – College-Conservatory of Music/(CCM) OH

On Golden Pond –   dir. Pat Brown – Tiffany's Attic Theatre, Kansas City,  MO

Much Ado About Nothing –   dir. Paul Barnes – University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Dance

The Nutcracker Ballet –   Choreography by Peter Anastos – Cincinnati Ballet, OH

The Nutcracker Ballet –   Choreography by Horiuchi & Mayer – Toledo Ballet Association,  OH

The G Conncetion –   Choreography by Germaine Goodson – Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Themed Events And Environments

Cincinnati Opera 2011 Gala –   Cincinnati Opera, OH 

Cincinnati Opera 2010 Gala –   Cincinnati Opera, OH

The Race for Atlantis - for I-MAX –   Bruce Robinson Design –   The Shops at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV 

 
 

"The creative process was a joy, and the end result as fine as anything one might see on an opera stage anywhere in the world. (The opera design) had charm, style, individuality and artistic integrity. Having worked with many designers in many theaters both in North America and Europe, I am happy to say Prof. Umfrid ranks among the best of them." — Jonathan Eaton, Director