Robert Sunderman

Associate Professor of Theatre: Resident Scenic Designer
Robert Sunderman

Rob Sunderman (Resident Scenic Designer) graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA, MA, and MFA in Fine Art. He has been the Resident Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist, and Associate Professor of Theatre Design at Iowa State University for the past 19 years. He has designed and scenic painted over 275 shows during his theatre/TV career and been in over 200 fine art exhibits. Rob has received Iowa Film awards, National Broadcasting Designers awards, and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awards for his Scenic Designs and also many fine art awards. Rob continues to pursue his scholarly work for regional/national theatre, opera, TV, industrial events and various fine art venues. This year he is designing and painting the sets for ISU Theatre’s productions of This is Not a Pipe Dream, Orpheus in the Underworld, and Sense and Sensibility. This past summer he designed the set for Nebraska Wesleyan University’s production of All Shook Up. He is also designing the set design for Revival Theatre’s production of Sunday in the Park with George in Cedar Rapids. This year his design work for a past Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre production will be published in the USITT’s Theatre Design & Technology Journal and his art work will be published in the retrospective book on Chunghi Choo and Students. Rob has exhibited and sold his fine art work in numerous galleries regionally and nationally. He recently has been working on a number of fine art series of work dealing with renewal, fleeting moments, and human intervention of natural cycles in a variety of mediums. One of his favorite quotes is from Leonardo Da Vinci “Art is never finished it is only abandoned”. Rob’s work can be found at

Show Credits 

  • Scenic Designer, Sense and Sensibility, 2019
  • Scenic Designer, Orpheus in the Underworld, 2018
  • Scenic Designer, This Is Not a Pipe Dream, 2018
  • Scenic Designer, Oklahoma!, 2017
  • Scenic Designer, A Christmas Carol, 2017
  • Scenic Designer, Out of the Fire: The Banned Books Monologues, 2017
  • Scenic Designer, The Tempest, 2017
  • Scenic Designer, Cabaret, 2016
  • Scenic Designer, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, 2016
  • Scenic Designer, The Magic Flute, 2015
  • Scenic Designer, Les Misérables, 2015
  • Scenic Designer, A Christmas Carol, 2014
  • Scenic Designer, Crimes of the Heart, 2014
  • Scenic Painter, Crimes of the Heart, 2014
  • Scenic Painter, Spring Awakening, 2014
  • Scenic Designer, Spring Awakening, 2014
  • Scenic Designer, Amadeus, 2014
  • Scenic Artist, Amadeus, 2014
  • Scenic Designer, Into the Woods, 2014
  • Scenic Designer, The Seagull, 2013
  • Scenic Designer, A Streetcar Named Desire, 2013
  • Scenic Artist, A Streetcar Named Desire, 2013
  • Murals and Signs, A Streetcar Named Desire, 2013
  • Scenic Artist, The Three Musketeers, 2013
  • Scenic Designer, The Three Musketeers, 2013
  • Scenic Designer, Noises Off, 2012
  • Scenic Designer, Candide, 2012
  • Scenic Designer, To Kill a Mockingbird, 2012
  • Scenic Designer, Chekhov Short Stories, 2012
  • Scenic Designer, Rent, 2012
  • Scenic Artist, Rent, 2012
  • Scenic Designer, Love's Labor's Lost, 2011
  • Scenic Designer, A Christmas Carol, 2011
  • Scenic Artist, A Christmas Carol, 2011
  • Scenic Designer, The Miracle Worker, 2011
  • Scenic Designer, Guys and Dolls, 2010
  • Scenic Designer, The Arabian Nights, 2010
  • Scenic Designer, The Importance of Being Earnest, 2010
  • Scenic Designer, Vinegar Tom, 2009
  • Scenic Designer, The Odd Couple, 2009
  • Scenic Designer, Sweeney Todd, 2009
  • Scenic Designer, Gypsy, 2009
  • Scenic Artist, Gypsy, 2009
  • Scenic Designer, A Christmas Carol, 2008
  • Scenic Designer, Gypsy, 2008
  • Scenic Designer, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 2008
  • Scenic Artist, The Boys Next Door, 2008
  • Scenic Mentor, Quilters, 2007
  • Scenic Designer, We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, 2007
  • Scenic Designer, Three Sisters, 2007
  • Scenic Designer, The Music Man, 2007
  • Scenic Designer, Arcadia, 2007
  • Poster Design, The Marriage of Figaro, 2006
  • Scenic Designer, The Marriage of Figaro, 2006
  • Scenic Designer, My Fair Lady, 2006
  • Scenic Designer, A Christmas Carol, 2005
  • Scenic Designer, The Pavilion, 2005
  • Scenic Designer, James and the Giant Peach, 2005
  • Poster and Program Graphic, James and the Giant Peach, 2005
  • Scenic Designer, The Secret Garden, 2005
  • Scenic Designer, Dearly Departed, 2004
  • Scenic Designer, True West, 2004
  • Scenic Designer, Fiddler on the Roof, 2004
  • Lighting Designer, Barjche, 2004
  • Scenic Designer, Ruddigore or the Witch's Curse, 2003
  • Scenic Designer, Incorruptible, 2003
  • Poster Design, Incorruptible, 2003
  • Scenic Designer, Proof, 2003
  • Poster Design, Proof, 2003
  • Scenic Designer, Brigadoon, 2003
  • Poster Design, A Christmas Carol, 2002
  • Scenic Designer, Stained Glass, 2002
  • Poster Design, Stained Glass, 2002
  • Scenic Designer, Grease, 2002
  • Scenic Designer, Heroes Among Us, 2001
  • Scenic Designer, Crimes of the Heart, 2001
  • Scenic Designer, Oklahoma!, 2001
  • Scenic Designer, Noises Off, 2001
  • Scenic Designer, Twelfth Night, 2000
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