Faculty Profile

Kent Barrett

Associate Professor of Theatre Design (2015)

Contact Information


Montgomery House


KENT BARRETT is a multi-disciplinary theatrical designer and artist who has developed a wide-ranging body of work and established a national and international presence on the performance scene. Kent is a former company member with The Wooster Group, an NEA Grant recipient and an instructor at MIT. A prolific technologist, Kent's works have been seen at venues such as The Park Avenue Armory, Harlem Stage, La MaMa, Signature, The Public, The Brooklyn Lyceum, and Lincoln Center as well as internationally. In addition to his work in theater, dance and performance, Kent has also collaborated widely on independent films, art installations, and with various architectural lighting firms. Kent is a co-artistic director and founding member of the experimental performance collective VALLEY TRACTION. To learn more about their work visit www.ValleyTraction.org


  • B.A., Stephen F. Austin State University, 2004
  • M.F.A., University of Florida, 2013

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

THDA 130 Intro to Stage Technology
An introduction to the backstage technology of the world of theatre and dance including the areas of costuming, lighting technology, and scenic construction. Students will learn basic construction techniques in hands on production work in the department’s scenic and costume studios and will learn lighting technology while working on performances in Mathers Theatre and the Cubiculo. Two hours classroom and three hours lab per week.

THDA 495 Senior Project
A culminating experience for students completing the Theatre major with emphasis in Dramatic Literature, Acting/Directing, or Dance. The specific nature of projects will be determined on an individual basis, but all senior projects will consist of at least two of the following: a) scholarship, b) technical/production work, and c) performance. Students will register for .5 course credit in the fall semester, during which planning and research will be conducted, and .5 in the spring, during which presentation of the project will occur. Prerequisite: four .25 course credits in THDA 190.

THDA 500 Independent Study

Spring 2024

THDA 230 Design Princ/Pract for Stage
A study of the language, principles, elements, and tools designers use to both formulate and communicate ideas as part of the collaborative process. Students will learn the basic elements of composition for stage design and will see how these elements function in the areas of costuming, lighting, scenery, and sound. Two hours classroom and three hours laboratory per week.

THDA 500 Independent Study