Professor Dan Backlund, Theatre Arts, Director of the Sewanee Summer Seminar
Dan is beginning his twenty-ninth year as a Professor of Theatre Arts at Sewanee where he teaches scenic design, lighting design, scenic art, construction, CAD, model making, Asian theatre and scuba diving. Since 1976, Dan has worked professionally as a designer, scenic artist, and member of the production staff for more than 550 projects in nineteen states and two countries creating scenery, lighting, and environmental designs for theatre, dance, opera, television, special events, live concerts, designed public space murals, museum, library, and restaurant environments, as well as residential, commercial, and other public spaces. Dan received his undergraduate training at Bradley University in Illinois, and received his Master of Fine Arts from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Dan also serves on the Franklin County Rescue Squad, and as a State Instructor for Dive Rescue and Rural Search and Rescue classes. He also is a Flight and Instrument Instructor (Airplane), a Master Scuba Diving Instructor, and is certified as a Master Underwater Criminal Investigator.