Professor Emeritus (Lighting Design)
Jerry Lewis taught Stage Design courses in the OU School of Drama from 1977 until his retirement in 2003. He has designed lighting for dance for 40 years. He has both a Master of Science and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin where his thesis topics were "A Description and Analysis of Some of the Lighting Designs of Jean Rosenthal" and "A Method of Lighting Modern Dance."
Prior to his tenure at OU, Lewis served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska from 1967-1977.
Among Lewis' students are former and current designers and technicians working with the Pennsylvania Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Jose Limon Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and many others, as well as several university faculties, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and commercial enterprises related to theatre production.
Lewis has designed lighting for both the ballet and modern dance companies in the School of Dance throughout his time at OU. In addition to designing lighting, he currently teaches a graduate/upper division course in Dance Production and serves as a design and technical consultant for the School of Dance.