Brian J. Ruggaber
Brian received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from University
of Massachusetts at Amherst. He joined the design faculty in 2013.
Ruggaber has designed over 80 drama, musical, opera, and dance productions in a wide
variety of professional and academic venues across the U.S. including, but not limited
to: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Bristol Riverside
Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, New World Theatre, New Century Theatre,
and Sleeveless Theatre Co. In addition he has been a guest designer at The University
of Massachusetts at Amherst, Ohio Northern University, and The University of St. Francis.
Prior to joining the faculty of University of Memphis, Ruggaber was an Associate Professor
of Scenic Design at UNC Charlotte and Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music. Eighteen of his scenic designs have been nominated for awards
and The Metrolina Theatre Association in N.C. recognized his design for Crimes of the Heart at UNC Charlotte for Outstanding Set Design by an academic institution. He is an
active member of USITT, and a member of the United Scenic Artists.