Associate Professor, Production Manager
Craig Dettman received an M.F.A. in Theatrical Lighting Design and Technology from San Diego State University where he studied with Craig Wolf, Ralph Funicello, and Beeb Salzer. During his final year of study, Dettman received an internship as Assistant Lighting Designer with the San Diego Opera working on the production of The Pearl Fishers with Ron Vodika.
While in San Diego, Dettman designed lights with the The Theatre in Old Town, Coronado Playhouse, The San Diego Civic Dance Association, Jean Issacs Dance Company, among others. He has worked with the Old Globe Theatre as an Assistant Lighting Designer to York Kennedy, Phillip Monet, Michael Gilliam, and Aaron Copp. He has also worked as an electrician with the Old Globe and the San Diego Repertory Theatre and as a props artesian with The La Jolla Playhouse. He was a lighting consultant with the Balboa Park Puppet Theatre and The Theatre in Old Town in San Diego. He also served as head draftsman for the Viejas Bayside Concerts Project.
Dettman was the Technical Director for two seasons and set designer for The Red Road and Kino and Theresa with Native Voices in Los Angeles, CA. He was the Technical Director/Designer with Canyon Crest Academy for the Performing Arts in San Diego. In Texas, Dettman was the Technical Director/Lighting Designer for Zarzuela El Paso, a Spanish opera company that toured throughout the region including Northern Mexico.
Craig Dettman served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Southern Miss starting in January of 2008. He joined the full time faculty as Assistant Professor of Lighting and Sound Design as well as Production Manager in August of 2009.