Theatre Passion Exhibition Now on Flickr

June 20, 2011

The Don Larew Collection featured by NDSU Archives

This online exhibition titled Theatre Passion presents some of the 100-plus productions in which Don Larew, professor emeritus of theatre arts, has been involved at NDSU from fall 1969 to February 2001. The exhibition can be seen at

The images are taken from The Don Larew Theatrical Productions Scenic and Costume Design Collection, University Archives, North Dakota State University and feature predominantly Little Country Theatre productions.

"Working with Michael Robinson on this project has provided me with an opportunity to look back on my career in theatre at NDSU" said Larew. "I am astonished with the quality of the work we have produced over the past 40 years. We have provided the community and campus audiences with a wide range of theatrical experiences that have challenged all of us. We have created a world of unique interpretations of many different genres of theatre that, even when repeated, were offered a fresh interpretation. I believe our theatre performers and design/tech students have been engaged in significant work during their residency with us. Hopefully these glimpses into our past will give insight into our commitment to achieve excellence by our efforts."

Don Larew, emeritus professor of theatre arts, earned his B.S. in Applied Arts, interior design emphasis, from Iowa State University in 1963. In 1969, he completed his MFA in dramatic arts with a scenic design and technical direction emphasis from the University of Iowa and joined NDSU as an instructor that same year. Professor Larew was appointed assistant professor in 1971, received tenure in 1974, named associate professor in 1978 and professor in 1986. During his time at NDSU, professor Larew served as theatre arts coordinator, director of theatre, technical director of little country theatre, scenic designer/ technical director of the North Dakota Repertory Theatre, as well as the scenic and costume designer/technical director of NDSU's Prairie Stage Theatre Company. He received the American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award for his scenic design and painting for Helen of Troy in 1991 and again in 1999 for his scenic design of Something's Afoot. The NDSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences awarded him the Outstanding Research/ Creative Award in 1992. He retired in May of 2009 after 40 years of service to NDSU.

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