David Shuhy Awarded Grant to Establish Summer Theater Design Program - Christopher Newport University


David Shuhy Awarded Grant to Establish Summer Theater Design Program

Immersive Design Experience to be an intensive, hands-on technical program for area high school students.

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Dr. David Shuhy, lecturer in the Department of Theater and Dance, has been awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts to establish the Immersive Design Experience (IDX) program. The studio-based program will enable high school students to learn processes that connect the sciences, humanities, visual and performing arts. The annually rotating curriculum will cover topics such as computer-aided drafting, 3-D modeling, digital photo manipulation, and digital and traditional rendering techniques. A similar program for high school teachers will run concurrently.

"The goal of IDX is to expose students to new technologies in a fun and safe environment and highlight the overlap between art and engineering," says Shuhy. "With the emphasis on STEM learning, the creative connection between those disciplines and art/design is often missed, and this program is going to try to bring together students with interest in all those fields under one big umbrella: design for the stage."

Shuhy is an expert in theatrical design, and teaches a wide array of technical theater courses at CNU. He earned a PhD from Union Institute and University.

IDX runs from June 20-22 at the Ferguson Center for the Arts. Students and teachers can apply at the link below.

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