Faculty Profile for Trad Burns

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Trad Burns
Associate Professor of Practice — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 101
phone: (512) 245-2147

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Biography and Education

Trad A Burns has been designing scenery and lighting professionally since 1989 for theatre, dance, and amusement parks. This fall, Trad will design world premiere ballets for Ma Cong, Val Caniparoli, and Devon Carney. Upcoming works include Little Shop of Horrors at Great Lake Theatre, Giselle for Kansas City Ballet, Lady of the Camellias for Oklahoma City Ballet, and the return of Kansas City Ballet's Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Recent designs include Little Shop of Horrors at Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Ballad of Georgia McBride at the Beck Center for the Arts, The Wizard of Oz at Colorado Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet.

Trad has had the privilege of designing world premiere ballets for such notable choreographers as Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, James Kudelka, Edwaard Liang, Matthew Neenan, Adam Hougland, Garrett Smith, Jessica Lang, Alejandro Cerrudo, Kirk Peterson, Donald Byrd, Jodie Gates, Gina Patterson, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, Andrea Schermoly, Jennifer Archibald, Penny Saunders, Septime Webre, Devon Carney, Victoria Morgan, Robert Curran, and Sarah Slipper. Over the years, his dance lighting has been seen at American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Ballet X, BalletMet, Louisville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Grand Rapids Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Hubbard Street, and 21 seasons with Cincinnati Ballet.

As a theatre designer, Trad’s designs have been seen at New York Theatre Workshop (NYC), The Public Theatre (NYC), La Mama ETC (NYC), HERE (NYC), Classic Stage Company (NYC), North Shore Music Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Cain Park, Beck Center for the Arts, Dobama, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cedar Point, Valleyfair, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Japan, Disney Sea, Disney Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Universal Studios Florida and Japan, Woodstock Ice Productions and The Family of Charles M. Schulz.

Selected Service Activities

Season Selection
September 2021-December 2021
EDI Committee -Season Selection
September 2021-December 2021
Season Selection
September 2020-December 2020