Mary Tarantino

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Ohio State University, Theatre


  • Mary Tarantino is the resident lighting designer and director of Theatre’s graduate studies program. Her professional credits include lighting designs for music and opera: the Virginia Arts Festival/ Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2005), Columbus Symphony Orchestra/OSU School of Music, Peer Gynt (2001), and ProMusica, Passion (2000). Designs for theatre companies include: Karamou House (Cleveland), Archipelago (Chapel Hill, NC), the Children’s Theatre ofMassachusetts, Players Theatre Columbus (199194), and ongoing work with the Contemporary American Theatre Company (since 1997). Mary has worked as an architectural lighting consultant for residential and commercial projects in Ohio, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Hong Kong, most recently lighting a Plant Conservatory and research spaces for Ohio State’s Department of Biological Sciences. Mary is the director of the Theatre Department’s Moving Lights Laboratory, established with support from the College of the Arts, a University Seed Grant, and a Battelle Grant. Her ongoing research involves applications of moving lights design and technology for theatre productions, movement-theatre, and architecture, and seeks ongoing partnerships with manufacturers to enhance training opportunities for students.