Stephen Judd is currently Head of Design and Technology and Professor of Scenic Design at The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre. He has over 250 scenic and lighting designs in both academic and professional theatre, including Actor's Express (Atlanta), the Williamstown Theatre Festival, New Stage (Jackson, MS), Stage South (Columbia, SC), and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. In April 2000 he designed the setting for the Southern Miss production of The Rimers of Eldritch, a finalist in the American College Theatre Festival that played two performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Judd was the production manager for the Williamstown Theatre Festival's 1999 and 2000 seasons, including notable productions of Camino Real with Ethan Hawke and Blair Brown; As You Like It with Gwenyth Paltrow; and The Price, directed by James Naughton (which subsequently transferred to Broadway). Mr. Judd's work has brought him into contact with Arthur Miller, Lanford Wilson, Joanne Woodward, Nicholas Martin, Joe Montello, John Lee Beatty, and many other playwrights, directors, designers and actors of the American stage. While at Williamstown 1n 1995 and 1996, Mr. Judd assisted scene designers Derek McClaine, Christine Jones, and Hugh Landwehr. He also designed the set for Odett’s Rocket To The Moon directed by Joanne Woodward. In 2004, he did the scenic design for the Southern Miss production of Medea, directed by guest artist Paul Weidner, former artistic director at Hartford Stage.
He has taught at numerous institutions, including Converse College, Duke University, Alfred University, and the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Mr. Judd has three years of advanced training in painting and printmaking at the Rochester Institute of Technology College of Art and Design. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment New Forms Grant for his work as an artist.
From 2003-2010 he supervised Design Storm in American College Theatre Festival Region IV, working with guests Ming Cho Lee, often called "the Dean of American Design,” costume designer Susan Tsu (currently Head of Costume design at Carnegie Mellon University), Michael Dempsey (Director of Technical Training, Pacific Conservatory of performing Arts), Todd Rosenthal (2008 Tony Award in Set Design for August in Osage County) and Nels Anderson (Professor Emeritus of Design, Louisiana State University).
He has been a design respondent for KCACTF Region I and 2 festivals. He was selected to be the National KATCF Faculty Fellow for the KCATCF 2003 National Festival. In 2008 he was selected to be the KCACTF Region IV Faculty Teaching Artist.