Shannon Zura is an Associate Professor of Theatre and chair of the Theatre Department. Shannon teaches lighting, sound, and scenic design and practicum courses, among others. She also serves as the Theatre Department's Production Manager, Master Electrician, and Audio Engineer. Shannon designs the lights, sound, and sets for departmental main stage productions.
Shannon is interested in exploring the possibilities of multimedia design and establishing relationships with professional theatres to expand the scope of her students’ educations. She is also committed to building bridges between the Theatre Department and other departments to enhance interdisciplinarity. Shannon has served on several college and university committees and has helped coordinate proposed renovations to Russell Hall, the primary theatre building at the University of Southern Maine.
Some of Shannon's favorite designs include the sound design for Portland Stage Company's The 39 Steps; the scenic design for InterAct Theatre Company's Black Pearl Sings; the lighting design for InterAct Theatre Company's Kiss of the Spiderwoman; the scenic and lighting designs for Opera House Arts' Brilliant Traces; and the lighting, sound, and scenic designs for the English-language world premiere of In the Underworld: A darkly comic operetta at USM.
Shannon was also featured in Stage Directions magazine's Saluting Women in Theater issue (2005). Shannon appeared on the cover with lighting designer Dawn Chiang and producer Daryl Roth. She holds an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Temple University. For more information about Shannon, please visit her website: shannonzura.com