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Jim Hunter

Title: Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance
Phone: 803-777-1203
Office: Drayton Hall Room 210
Jim Hunter


Jim’s scene and lighting designs have been seen at such theatres as the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Phoenix Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Florida Stage, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Drury Lane Theatre, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, VeggieTales Live National Tour, Florida Studio Theatre, World Stage Exposition in Toronto as well as others. Jim toured with the modern dance company Wall Street Danceworks. His designs have been recognized with two consecutive AriZoni Awards for Excellence in Scene Design.  Jim is a member of the national designer’s union, United Scenic Artist, Local 829 in both scene and lighting design.  He served as Chair for the Department of Theatre and Dance here at the University of South Carolina and Artistic Director of Theatre South Carolina from 2004 to 2014 and January 2021 to 2023.  Jim is currently the President of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. NAST is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for theatre and theatre-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other theatre-related endeavors.  Please visit Jim’s online portfolio at


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