Kirk Domer

domer@msu.edu
(517) 355-6690

FacultyTheatre

Professor
Scene Design

Curriculum Vitae

Biography

Kirk Domer, Professor of Scene Design, received his BA from Ashland University and MFA in Scene Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829.

His book entitled Collaboration in Theatre about the collaboration process between director and designer, co-written with colleague Rob Roznowksi was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

As the Resident Scene Designer for the Ohio Light Opera, Kirk has designed the World Premieres of A Friend of Napoleon , by James Stuart and Robert Ward, and Amanda Jacobs and Lindsay Baker’s Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice , as well as the North American Premieres of Emmerich Kálmán’s A Soldier’s Promise, The Violet of Montmartre and Autumn Maneuvers.

He has also designed for Stages Repertory Theatre, Williamston Theatre, Performance Network, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, City Lit Theatre, Eastman School of Music, Mercury Opera, BoarsHead Theatre, Stormfield Theatre, The Madison Repertory Theatre, Summer Circle Theatre, Riverwalk Theatre, Ashland Summer Theatre Festival, and Make*a*Circus. He is a member of USITT and recent design credits include The Who’s Tommy, The Effect of Gamma Rays on the Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Babes in Arms, Permanent Collection, Tea and Sympathy and The Children’s Hour (in rep), The Life, Underneath the Lintel,L’Etoile, Man of La Mancha, As Bees in Honey Drown, The Rake’s Progress, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bad Dates, Over the Tavern, The Mikado and La Bohème.

Kirk designed the scenery for a video-enhanced production of ERNIE, a world premiere play by internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician, Mitch Albom. Ernie celebrated its seventh season in 2017 at various venues throughout Michigan and in Florida. His recent design of Albom’s Hockey, the Musical premiered in 2016 and is celebrating its second season at various venues throughout Michigan.

Artist Statement

My work as a theatrical scene designer and educator has a common thread – combining technique with artistry. In combining technique and artistry for the theatrical designer, a creative tension must be maintained between the intermingling of process and product and theory and practice. My designs are known for their impeccable draftsmanship and accuracy, from rendering to delivered design onstage.

Media Mentions

Awards and Honors

University News

Kirk Domer Appointed Acting Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration
Published April 25, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Kirk Domer, Professor of Scene Design in the Department of Theatre, has been appointed Acting Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration and will serve in this position July 1-December…Read now »
Assignment to Design Auditorium Lobby Renovation and Major Donor Costume
Published February 15, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
A class assignment by Kirk Domer, Professor of Scene Design, and Lucas Nunn, Academic Specialist of Sound Design, had their MSU Department of Theatre students thinking about renovating the MSU…Read now »
Collaborators from MSU’s Department of Theatre Help Bring Musical to Texas Stage
Published February 2, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Four collaborators from Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre have teamed up to help bring the world premiere of MacGyver: The Musical to Stages in Houston, Texas. Kirk Domer,…Read now »
Honky Tonk Musical in Houston Showcases MSU Scene Design
Published November 9, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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A new musical opening in Houston, Texas, at Stages Repertory Theatre features scenic design by Michigan State University Professor of Scene Design Kirk Domer and Department of Theatre student Michael Gault (BFA Theatre Design ’20). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, performances will be live-streamed Nov. 10-15, giving audiences in Michigan and around the world an opportunity to see what typically can only be seen by an in-person audience. Read now »
Renovating Learning Through Compassion and Innovation
Published July 13, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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After 10 years and two terms as Chairperson of Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, Professor Kirk Domer is returning to the faculty. His time as…Read now »
MSU Colleges Create 3D-Printed Face Shields in Response to COVID-19
Published March 30, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University is helping local health professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus by making 3D-printed personal protective equipment…Read now »
Learning Continues Remotely at MSU’s Department of Theatre
Published March 23, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
Students gathered in an online class for THR 292
On Thursday, March 12, Department of Theatre sophomores gathered for the course THR 292, also known as Sophomore Seminar. The class explores theatre-making and its connections to…Read now »
MSU Theatre Setting the Stage for Design and Mentorship
Published February 18, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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In the theatre world, reviews tend to focus on the performers more than costumes, sets, or lighting. But for a recent production of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by the A.D….Read now »
New Adaptation of ‘Frankenstein’ Examines Gender Norms Through Non-Traditional Casting
Published October 8, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is presenting a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic horror novel, Frankenstein. Through the use of some…Read now »
Department of Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season
Published September 12, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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The Michigan State University Department of Theatre announces its 2019-2020 Season, which focuses on invention and reinvention, adaptations of…Read now »
MSU Theatre Rakes in Pulsar Award Nominations
Published July 24, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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MSU’s Department of Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season received 31 nominations for Pulsar Awards and walked away with seven of those awards, the most of…Read now »
UURAF First Place Winners Announced
Published April 11, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Several College of Arts & Letters students received first-place awards for their research and creative scholarship presented at the 21st Annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts…Read now »
2019 Alumni Board Awards Presented
Published April 1, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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College of Arts & Letters faculty and students were recognized for their outstanding achievements in leadership, teaching, innovation, and community engagement at the College of Arts &…Read now »
Theatre Alumna Performing in National Broadway Tour
Published February 13, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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Michigan State Theatre alumna Sarah Goeke came to MSU to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, but she received so much more than just a degree. During her time here, she started a…Read now »
Five Faculty Promoted to Full Professor
Published November 17, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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This year, the College of Arts & Letters promoted five faculty members to Full Professor with tenure, including Kirk Domer, Bill Hart-Davidson, Alisa Henriquez, Shawn Loewen, and Rob…Read now »
Staging New Opportunities in Theatre
Published August 31, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Kirk Domer has had many successes both at Michigan State University and in the professional theatre world. Since he took the reins as Chairperson of the Department of Theatre in 2011 (and as Acting Chairperson in 2009-2010), the department has opened a 9,370-square-foot, state-of-the-art Scene Shop and a new courtyard for Summer Circle Theatre.Read now »
Theatre Professor Selected as MASU’s Professor of the Year
Published April 5, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Ann Folino White, MSU Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Directing, was selected as one of three Michigan Association of State Universities Professors of the Year.Read now »
Theatre Production Showcases Interdisciplinary Work
Published March 27, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Much work from College of Arts & Letters students, faculty, and alumni has gone into the Williamston Theatre’s current production – Michael Gene Sullivan’s adaptation…Read now »
Theatre Students Travel to Dubai for International Festival
Published February 16, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Eight undergraduate Theatre students recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the first International Theatre Festival at the American University of Sharjah, located…Read now »
Theatre Students Traveling to Dubai for International Festival
Published January 25, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Eight undergraduate Theatre students (six actors and two designers) are preparing to travel to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the first International Theatre Festival at the…Read now »
Using Shakespeare to Inspire Growth and Conversation
Published November 21, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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Acclaimed Director Iqbal Khan, most recently known for his production of Macbeth for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, visited Michigan State University last week and spoke to English and…Read now »
Sarah Goeke
Published October 24, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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Summer Circle Theatre Dedication
Published February 3, 2015 in College of Arts & Letters
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In honor of the 60th Anniversary of Summer Circle Theatre, MSU Alumni Larry and Linda Stone created a fellowship in honor of the Department of Theatre Chairperson, Kirk A. Domer. “Give to what…Read now »
Summer Circle Theatre
Published June 19, 2014 in College of Arts & Letters
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The Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters and Department of Theatre have announced the creation of a new home for Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) which produces free plays,…Read now »