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Billy Wilburn

Lonnie Wilburn


Associate Professor of Theatre

Office Building

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center



Mailing Address

Performing Arts Center 189H
School of Performing Arts-Box 2830
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


I am a educator,designer, and performer at South Dakota State University.

I was born and raised in Ashland, Ky. I attended Morehead State University, in the hills of Kentucky, where I found my love for theatrical design and recieved a B.A. in Theatre. For graduate school I attended Michigan State University in Lansing, MI. In graduate school I designed scenery, costume, and was an educator. So far in my career at SDSU I have designed costumes or scenery for over 100 theatrical productions. I also serve as the Vice-chair of Design, Technology, and Management for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival-Region 5.


CV_Wilburn_2017_web.pdf(283.44 KB)


MFA Production Design, Michigan State university
BA in Theatre, Morehead State University, KY

Academic Interests/Expertise

Costume Technology, Thermoplastics, Costume Design, Scenic Design, and Scenic Painting

Academic Responsibilities

Teaching courses for theatre, designing theatrical productions, and serving as costume studio supervisor.

Committee Activities

Member of the Theatre Scholarship selection committee, HLC co-chair for SDSU mission, School of Performing Arts promotion and tenure committee member

Specialty Area

  • Theatre
  • Costume Design
  • Scenic Design
  • Musical Theatre
  • Costume Technology
  • Scene Painting

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Artist, College of Arts and Sciences, SDSU
Best Set Design for The Sound of Music, Broadway World Sioux Falls
Best Costume Design for The Marvelous Wonderettes, Broadway World Sioux Falls
Best Costume Design for Shrek the Musical, Broadway World Sioux Falls
Distinguished Artist, College of Arts and Sciences, SDSU
Best Set Design for She Loves Me, Pulsar Award, Lansing, MI

Professional Memberships

United State Institute of Theatre and Technology, Advisor to Alpha Psi Omega Lambda Sigma Cast, Nation Theatre Honors Fraternity, KCACTF - Region V: Vice-Chair of Design, Technology, and Management

Area(s) of Research

Costume Technology and Thermoplastics.