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educator , writer , Scenic designer

Dennis John Sporre, American theater scenic designer, creative arts educator, writer. Grantee State University of New York Research Foundation, Albany, 1968, University Arizona Foundation, 1975-1976, University Arizona Office of Research, 1976, Fletcher Foundation, 1987-1988, Presser Foundation, 1988.


Sporre, Dennis John was born on April 1, 1944 in Traverse City, Michigan, United States. Son of Leonard Leroy Sporre and Monecia Audrey (Fairchild) Ball.


Bachelor, Center Michigan University, 1965. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1967.


Assistant professor theater scenic design, chairman department State University of New York, Plattsburgh, 1967-1970. Assistant professor University Illinois, Chicago, 1970-1972. Assistant dean University Arizona, Tucson, 1972-1977.

Director general education Pennsylvania State University, State College, 1977-1980. Chairman department creative arts University North Carolina, Wilmington, 1980-1990. Associate dean College Fine Arts Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, since 1990.

Consultant in field.



Member advisory board Station WHQR, Wilmington. Member liturgical commission Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, Kinston, North Carolina. Board directors Arts Council of the Lower Cape Fear, Wilmington, 1985-1987.

Trustee University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Vestry St. John's Episcopalian Church, Wilmington, North Carolina, 1989. Member International Council of Fine Arts Deans, National Association Schools of Music, Association for Communication Administration, Association for Theater in Higher Education, Southeastern Theater Association Clubs: Exchange (Tucson).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, traveling, aerobics, jogging, reading.


Married Cynthia Ann Orr, August 27, 1966 (divorced 1985). Married Hilda Wooten, December 31, 1985. Children: Brett, Scott.

Leonard Leroy Sporre Ball

Monecia Audrey (Fairchild) Ball

Cynthia Ann Orr

Hilda Wooten

Brett Sporre

Scott Sporre