Aaron Laudermith


Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Production Technology,

The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD                                

Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD



2011- Present   Northwestern University, Evanston, IL  – Technical Supervisor

Responsibilities include supervising a professional shop staff, graduate students, work study, and student workers; realizing student and professional designer ideas for a 10+ show season; creating construction drawings using AutoCad 2D and 3D; and managing a $75K budget.

2016- Present   Chicago Flyhouse Inc., Chicago, IL – Consultant: Project Manager/Draftsman

Responsibilities include site visit for field verification of measurements. Designing connections for acoustical lapendary sound panels.  Drafting submittal package and updates throughout the process.

2010 – 2011      Northwestern University, Evanston, IL  – Assistant Properties Supervisor

Responsibilities included supervising graduate, work studies, and student workers; researching, procuring, designing, building, painting and upholstering properties

2010 Fall Sem. Dominican University, River Forest, IL  – Assistant Technical Director/Scenic Designer

Responsibilities included building, painting and supervising work study and student workers for the fall semester build of The Wiz and designing scenery for The Women of Lockerby, their Spring Semester production.

2009-2010        The Public Theater, Lewiston, ME – Assistant Technical Director/Scenic Designer

Responsibilities included building and painting for a six show season; hanging and focusing lights; and assisting properties artisans and guest designers and designing the set of one show.

2009 Summer  St. Michael’s Playhouse, Colchester, VT – Properties Master/Scenic Designer

Supervised interns; researched, procured, designed, built, painted and upholstered properties for a four show season; assisted shop and electrics when needed and led workshop for interns.

2008-2009, Vermillion, SD – Co-Director

Raised non-profit funding; wrote grants; managed facilities; engineered sound for worship services and concert series; and coordinated ministry for undergraduate students.

2005-2008        The Black Hills Playhouse Custer, SD

Summers           Scenic Designer and Web/Publicity Consultant, Properties Master, Master Carpenter

Designed scenery; set construction; painting; consulted on website design and layout, designed, constructed and painted properties for a 5 show season; supervised undergraduate students during shop hours. As master carpenter I supervised three shop carpenters and student workers.

2007-2008        The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI  –  Scenic Design Intern

Designed scenery and lighting; designed and constructed properties; painted. Instructed students (Grades 3-12) in painting and properties.

2004-2007        The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD – Graduate Assistant in the Scenic Studio

Designed scenery and lighting; designed and constructed properties; painted; technical direction; supervised undergraduate students in shop and classroom settings; teaching assistant.

2002-2004        The Daily Republic, Mitchell, SD – Production Manager/Graphic Designer

Supervised eight full-time and one part-time employee; designed ads for daily and weekly newspapers; managed departmental budget; monitored and cleaned paper and film developing machines.

 Special Skills:

Scenic Design       Hand rendering, digital rendering (Photoshop), white and finished model building, and scenic painting

Lighting Design    Design, light maintenance, wiring, hanging, and focusing

Sound Design       Design, digital manipulation, and live sound reinforcement for musical theatre and concerts

Drafting                 Hand, AutoCAD 2D &3D and Vectorworks

Metalwork            Welding including Mig., stick, and oxy-acetylene

Other                      Stage Rigging, Maya and 3D studio Max

 Computer Skills:

AutoCAD 2016 2D & 3D, Revit, Maya and 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, InDesign, Quark, Vectorworks, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)