Faculty Profile for Cheri DeVol

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Cheri DeVol
Associate Professor — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 101
phone: (512) 245-3577

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Cheri Prough DeVol is an American scenic and lighting designer who employs theatrical forms to synthesize her passion for music, storytelling, truth, and beauty. Inspired by both physical and metaphorical action in the source material, she creates sculptural forms that evoke emotion and provoke movement and rhythms that allow the story to resonate within the performance space. Her scenic designs celebrate negative space, while her lighting designs infuse that space with buoyant energy. Her work has been produced at regional theatres and in colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Professor DeVol is the Head of Design, Technology, and Management in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

She holds an MFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Texas at Austin.

Teaching Interests

Scenic and Lighting Design, Collaboration, Digital Rendering, Drafting

Research Interests

Scenicm, Lighting, and Projection Design for live events, Material Culture

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Scenic Designer, Once On This Island. July 7, 2023 - August 6, 2023.
    • Beck Center for the Arts. July 7, 2023 - August 6, 2023 Lakewood, Ohio.
    • (Refereed) Reviewed by: Roy Berko.
    • (Refereed) Reviewed by: Mark Horning.
    • (Refereed) Reviewed by: Christine Howe.
    • (Refereed) Reviewed by: Howard Gollop.
  • Scenic, Lighting, and Projection Designer, How I Learned What I Learned. June 2022 - September 2022.
    • Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration. September 8, 2022 - September 23, 2022 TXST Evans Auditorium, San Marcos, TX.
    • Reviewed by: Michael Barnes.
  • Scenic Designer, Glengarry Glenn Ross. July 2019 - September 2019.
    • Beck Center for the Arts. September 13, 2019 - October 6, 2019 Lakewood, Ohio.
    • Reviewed by: Bob Abelman.
    • Reviewed by: Mark Horning.
  • Scenic Designer, All Shook Up. January 2, 2018 - July 2018.
    • Zilker Theatre Productions. July 5, 2018 - August 18, 2018 Zilker Hillside Theatre, Austin, TX.
    • (Curated).
  • Lighting Designer, The Elixir of Love. May 22, 2023 - January 27, 2024.
    • Minnesota Opera. January 27, 2024 - February 4, 2024 Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN.
    • (Refereed) Reviewed by: Rob Hubbard.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity, Texas State University. August 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Cleveland Critics Circle, Best Scenic Design for Broadway Bound, Cleveland Critics Circle. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best of Cleveland Theatre, Best Scenic Design for Glengarry Glenn Ross, The Cleveland Jewish News. 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for Teaching, College of Fine Arts, Texas State University. August 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: College Achievement Award for Scholarly/Creative Activity, College of Fine Arts, Texas State University. August 2016

Selected Grants

  • DeVol, Cheri Prough. 2013 Hearst Grant, Institutional (Higher Ed). (Funded: 2013). Grant.
  • DeVol, Cheri Prough (Supporting). Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Prize, Opera America, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $2000. (Submitted: October 2020, Funded: January 2021 - May 2022). Grant.
  • Flores, Lorin (Co-Principal), DeVol, Cheri Prough (Co-Principal). Online Resource Grant for the Alexander Street Performance Design Archive, Texas State University, $27500. (Submitted: February 2018). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

COFAC Scholarship Committee
September 2015-Present
Director at Large
June 2018-June 2020
Scenic Artist Faculty Search Committee
January 2024-Present
COFAC Scholarship Committee
August 2023-Present
Musical Director Faculty Search Committee
July 2023-Present