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educator , Set designer

Ivan Edward Hess, American Set designer, educator.


Hess, Ivan Edward was born on August 3, 1945 in Pasadena, California, United States.


Bachelor, California State University, Hayward, 1967; Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design, Stanford University, 1971; postgraduate special masters class J. Svoboda, San Francisco, 1973; postgraduate, Lindisfarne Institute, New York City, 1977-1982.


Designer, technical director, Hayward (California) Cmty. Theatre, 1965; staff technical director, Mills College, 1967-1968; designer, technical director, California Theatre Arts, 1969; designer, instructor, California State University, Hayward, 1970; associate professor, designer, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 1971-1978, 80-81; professor, designer, Humboldt State University, Arcata, since 1983. Substitute instructor San Joes State University, 1968, part time designer California State University, Hayward, 1964-1967.

Designer Oakland Repertory Theatre, 1968.San Mateo (California) Light Opera, 1968, Santa Rosa Repertory Theatre, 1978. Visiting artist, Tufts U., Boston, 1978-1980, faculty, site architect, Lindiafarne Institute, 1981-1982. Professor, designer London U. Goldsmiths, 1982-1983.

Instructor, designer Hartnell College, 1990, Cypress College, 1990-1991. Consultant Minor Theatre, 1988-1993, Pier Two, San Francisco, 1987, other Ednl. theatres.


  • Other Work

    • Set designs include Son of the Wilderness, Caucasion Chalk Circle, Penny for a Song, The Physicist, Caligula, The Magic Hand, Marat/Sade, Ballad of an Outcast, The Time of Your Life, What the Butler Saw, Il Travotore, Blythe Spirit, Beaux Strategem, Cyrano de Bergerac, Flea in her Ear, Rimers of Eldritch, The Tooth of Crime, The Ghost Sonata, Vanities, Good Woman of Szechuan, Too True To Be Good, Vinegar Tom, The Bacchae, The Road Not Taken, Annie Get Your Gun, Hair, Two Sisters on the Old Road, One Man's Hero, Mr & Mrs Coffee, Echo Location, Song of Hydrogen, Schwyek in the Second World War, I, Lionel, Sheetrock and the Piano Tuner, Architect and the Emperor of Assyria, Taking Leave, Heidi Chronicles. Technical director The Hostage, Arms and the Man, The Visit, A Little Night Music, Cabaret. Lighting design Chopin in Space.


Member American Association of University Professors, United States Institute Theatre Technology, California State Employees Association, Lindisfarne Association, Western Mining Council, California Faculty Association, American College Theatre Festival (chairman region XIII, past regional chair Kennedy Center), New Dramatists (New York City), California Educational Theatre Association, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, California Educational Theatre Association, American Theatre in Higher Education.


Son of Robert Edward and Virginia (Yerxa) H. Divorced; 1 child, Jedediah Nathaniel.

Robert Edward Hess

Virginia (Yerxa) Hess

Jedediah Nathaniel Hess