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James Seemann Ph.D.


James Seemann
(651) 641-8896

James Seemann

Resident Designer

Jim Seemann came to Concordia University in 2002 and has taught scenic design, lighting design, stagecraft and related courses as well designing for plays in the theater department. He has also taught similar courses at The University of North Dakota, The University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, and the University of California-Irvine. 

Originally a visual artist, Jim has worked professionally as a designer and scenic artist for approximately twenty years in his own studio as well as several in Boston. His clients and projects include Ballet Memphis, Cornell University, Emerson College, Boston University, Ole Miss University, Freid-Hardeman  University, Cornell University, Mississippi State University, Valparaiso University, Design 5oo, Playhouse on the Square, the Russian American Ballet, Harrah’s Casino, Cobalt Studios, a number of movie sets, Memphis Children Museum, Ballet Memphis, Memphis Scenic Studios, The National Fireman’s Museum. The Army Corps of Engineers National Museum, Walt Disney Productions, MacDonald’s, Polaroid, Macey’s, Genuity, The Boston Flower Show, Harvard University, The New Market Theatre, The Boston Conservatory of the Arts, The Boston Ballet, The Boston Museum of Natural Science, The M.I.T. Museum, Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, The National Tennis Museum, and others.


  • Ph.D., Theatre, Columbia Pacific University (1987)
  • M.A., Theatre, Illinois State University (1974)
  • Colloquoy, Concordia University-River Forest 
  • B.A., Art, Valparaiso University (1969)


Scenic Design, Stage Lighting, Stagecraft, Intro to Theatre, Scenic Arts


Jim has been juried into three exhibits with the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and won 11 design awards.


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