Performing Arts Facilities/Technical Director
Lawrence Curry serves as facility manager and technical director for the Music Department at Iowa State University.
He has more than thirty years of experience in performing arts and facility operations management and has had the opportunity to successfully design, coordinate and supervise over 5,000 different university entertainment and celebratory events at Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Missouri and Iowa State University, The Grand Ole Opry and the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Some of the programming he has presented include The New York City Opera, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma, Marilyn Horne, Itzhak Perlman, CATS, The Beaux Arts Trio, Wynton Marsalis, Empire Brass, KODO, The King's Singers, The Parsons Dance Company, Midori, Anthony and Joseph Paratore, Vladimir Feltsman, Tina Turner, Sting, Oak Ridge Boys, Alabama, and many more.
On the university stage Mr. Curry has directed and designed the following operas and musicals: Mahahonny Songspiel, The Threepenny Opera, A Game of Chance, Trouble in Tahiti, Kiss Me Kate, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, On The Town, Applause, Dames At Sea, Side By Side By Sondheim. Mr. Curry has stage managed the following operas and musicals: Carmen, The Mother Of Us All, Tosca, Arabella, The Tales of Hoffman, Eugene Onegin, Wozzeck, Sweeney Todd, Lady In the Dark, Bernstein MASS.
Mr. Curry received a B.S.Ed. in Theatre, History and Art and M.A. degree in Stage Direction and Theatre Technology from Central Missouri State University. He completed his education with M.S. Degree studies in Performing Arts Administration/Facility Management, Scenic Design Technology and Opera/Musical Theater Stage Direction at Indiana University of School of Music. His major professors included: Ross Allen, Hans Busch, Robert E. Stoll, Eileen Farrell, Antonin Dimitrov, Anton Dolin, Nicholas Beriozoff and Oscar G. Brockett.
Working Philosophy: I believe in creating a positive learning and working environment for students, providing opportunities for "teachable moments" where students may not only learn a particular concept or task, but contribute to the successful operation of a performing arts center. I believe in the philosophy that "if you are not a teacher, then you should be a student." Some of my best teachers have been my students.
Mr. Curry is a member of USITT, and past member of NACA, IAAM, AES and AFTRA/SAG.