Faculty Profile for Professor Sarah EC Maines

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Professor Sarah EC Maines
Chair - Professor — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 101
phone: (512) 245-3660

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Professor Maines has been the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance since 2020. She specializes in theatrical lighting design and is the recipient of the National Partners in American Theatre Mentor Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as well as Presidential Distinction and College Achievement Awards in teaching and scholarly/creative activity. Professor Maines earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Production from the University of Florida. She studied under Royal Shakespeare Company and Broadway designer Chris Parry to earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Lighting Design from the University of California, San Diego.

Prior to becoming Chair, Professor Maines served as Associate Chair, led the theatrical lighting design program, and spent seven years as Head of Design, Technology, and Management. She helped create and launch the design concentration of the department’s MFA degree and has coordinated the graduate program in lighting design for six hears. Her graduating MFA candidates have presented annually at the Hemsley Lighting Design Portfolio Review in New York City. Graduate and undergraduate students have established careers with leading lighting companies, as regional designers, and Broadway assistants. They have presented work and won recognition at regional and national conferences of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. As lighting designer, Professor Maines has designed several productions each season for ZACH Theatre in Austin. Recent designs include A Christmas Carol: A Rockin’ Musical, Once, In the Heights, Terrance McNally’s 80th birthday gala, and Ann starring Holland Taylor, which was featured on PBS’s Great Performances and is streaming on BroadwayHD. Additionally, she designed 36Q in Prague, Water by the Spoonful at Stages Rep, A Dolphin Christmas at Sea World San Antonio, and Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 and 2014 seasons. As assistant lighting designer, she worked on seven national and two international productions of Jersey Boys, which won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design and Best Musical in 2006. In summer of 2021 she brought the production back to London's West End at the Trafalgar Theatre. She also worked as associate lighting designer on the Broadway production ofSarah Jones’s Bridge and Tunnel, the New York City Center and Broadway productions of Gypsy starring Patti Lupone, and the first national tour of In the Heights. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas State, Professor Maines spent four years as the head of graduate lighting design at Florida State University.

Teaching Interests

Design for Live Entertainment
Lighting Design
Collaborative Art

Research Interests

Design for Live Entertainment
Lighting Design
Collaborative Art

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Lighting Designer, The Sound of Music. June 15, 2022.
    • July 23, 2020 ZACH Theatre, Austin, Texas.
  • Lighting Designer, Ann. March 22, 2022.
    • March 22, 2022 Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, California.
  • Lighting Designer, A Christmas Carol. November 19, 2021.
    • November 19, 2021 ZACH Theatre, Austin, Texas.
  • Associate Lighting Designer, Jersey Boys. August 10, 2021.
    • August 10, 2021 Trafalgar Theatre, West End, London, United Kingdom.
  • Lighting Designer, Water by the Spoonful. February 7, 2020.
    • February 7, 2020 Stages Theatre, Houston, Texas.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Lighting Design: Sunday in the ParK With George, Austin Critics' Table Awards. 2018
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Best Lighting Design: In the Heights, Austin Critics' Table Awards. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award, Texas State University. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award, Texas State University. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: National Partners in American Theatre Mentor Award, American College Theatre Festival Region Six. 2016

Selected Grants

  • Maines, Sarah. Electrical Upgrade to The Lab Theatre, Funded by Florida State University Minor Renovation Program, $13484.00. (Funded: 2008). Grant.
  • Maines, Sarah. Theatrical Lighting Design Workbook, San Marcos’s Research Enhancement Program (REP), Texas State University, $8000.00. (Funded: January 2013 - January 2014). Grant.
  • Maines, Sarah. New Technology: The Cutting Edge of the Theatrical Lighting Industry, Florida State University’s Sponsored Research and Development (SRAD), Florida State University, $16000.00. (Funded: May 8, 2008 - August 6, 2008). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Council of Chairs
College of Fine Arts and Communication Council
Personnel Committee
United States Institute for Theatre Technology
Recruitment of Graduate Students
Texas State University
August 2014-Present