Randy Ward

Randy Ward

Professor - Scenic, Properties Design

Randy Ward designed two major performance spaces at Virginia Tech, Studio Theatre and Theatre 101.

In addition to his work at Virginia Tech, he serves as a theatre consultant to architects and groups planning design or renovation of theatre facilities. Randy is also a set and lighting designer for Ping Chong & Company, designing work that has been produced in the U.S. and abroad.

Contact Me

(540) 231-5387 
rwward@vt.edu 
254 Henderson Hall (0141) 
195 Alumni Mall 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

Education & Training

  • M.F.A., University of Hawaii
  • B.F.A., University of Houston

What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic process?

I enjoy that challenge of opening eyes to staging possibilities the student had never imagined. There is also great joy in seeing students discover abilities in themselves they never knew they had. The most satisfying moment of the artistic process happens when I understand that I cannot make a design simpler without draining it of life.

Design for the theatre is not an additive process. More design is seldom an answer to an incomplete solution. You must ask - What can I take away? What is not necessary? And what must be strengthened?   The simple yet strong form brings the greatest reward.

Honors & Awards

  • Awarded a Sporn Award

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