J.D. Madsen

J.D. Madsen

Assistant Professor of Scenic Design
Area of Focus: Design
M.F.A. University of Maryland
B.S. Weber State University

JD Madsen is professional freelance Scenic Designer and Director and has joined the faculty at the University’s Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film to teach scenic design and to continue researching and developing new techniques and uses in digital media for theatre designers.  His area of special interest is the integration of 3D and digital design techniques with classic design approaches, that can further our abilities as story tellers and collaborators. Those approaches will hopefully create new avenues of process art for young designers, as well as change the paradigm for clarity in communication between designers and directors and artisans.

Recently he has had the opportunity to design the set for a Kennedy Center commissioned work entitled Grains as well as the regional premier of Sex with Strangers at the Tony Award winning Signature Theatre. As well as many regional theatre companies’ productions, including but no limited to: Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family, One Man Two Guvnors, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and West Side Story.


- MFA in Scenic Design, Department TDPS, University of Maryland-College Park, 2012
- Bachelors in Theatre Arts and Visual Art, Department of Performing Arts/Visual Art, Weber State University, 2006

Area of Specialization and interests:

Scenic Design, Visual Art, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Media and it uses in Design, Film Making and Editing

Representative Productions:

REGIONAL:  Pas de Duex, The Temperamentals, Cripple of Inishmaan, Italian American Reconciliation, West Side Story, The Addams Family, Beauty and the Beast, King Lear, Carousel, Sweet Charity, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Two Character Play, Reckless, The Binding Lady, The Crucible, Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Songs for a New World, 1776, Big River, Suessical, Wizard of Oz, Forever Plaid.
Associate Design Credits: Shakespeare Theatre Gala ’12 & ’13, The Game’s Afoot, Cyrano, August Osage County.
Other: Enchanted April, Minotaur, A Child Shall Lead Them: The Making of the Night of the Hunter, Beidermann and the Firebugs, Cabaret, The Country Wife, Really Rosie, The Utter Glory of Morrisey Hall, A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.