Tim Stapleton

Visual Artist, Photographer, Writer

Tim Stapleton has been a professional Scenic Designer for thirty years. He came to the Pacific Northwest in 1986, and has since designed scenery for several Theatre Companies in the area. He was the resident designer for Boarshead: Michigan Public Theatre in Lansing, Michigan for eight seasons.

Tim has worked with the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland as a liaison to Social Services, and has taught Theatre courses in Scenic Design, Scenic Painting, Costume History and Design and Introduction to Theatre for Willamette University, Central Washington University, Lewis & Clark College, and Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

He has been a guest designer for The Pacific Dance Ensemble and Red Octopus Theatre Company in Newport, Oregon, The Apollo Theatre in Chicago, The Riverwalk Theatre in Okemos, Michigan, Wenatchee Children's Theatre in Washington State, and the Mariko Dance Theatre in Kyoto, Japan.

Tim's paintings have been shown at the Mina Dresden Gallery in San Francisco, the Lansing Art Gallery in Lansing, Michigan, the Huntington Galleries in Huntington, West Virginia, Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and with the Kentucky Arts Commission in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tim 's short play Blue Diamond was produced by Artists Repertory Theatre as a part of their Spotlight festival, his short story Finding Eric was published in an anthology by Inkwater Press in the winter of 2007, and in the spring of 2008, he won an award in the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee for his prose piece The Reunion. Finishing the Quilt, a short essay accompanied by two photographs was recently published in Alltopia, a literary zine.

In June of 2009, Tim mounted a project at the IFCC in Portland, which included photographs, paintings, and a performance piece called "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms". He has also written a soon to be published manuscript titled BLACK RIBBON ROADS: a journey out of Appalachia.

Tim has three Drammy awards from the Portland Area Theatre Alliance for his stage designs, as well as a Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts.

Tim Stapleton joins MFA faculty member, Kris Brandenburger, for an artists' salon on March 27 at CIIS