College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Theatre Arts
Professor and Department Chair
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1986
Ph.D., University of Idaho, Educational Administration, 1996
MFA, Humboldt State University, Scenic & Lighting Design, 1983
BA, Humboldt State University, Fine Arts, 1980
Community & Arts Collaboration
Dean Panttaja is the current Chair of Theatre Arts at the University of Idaho and Artistic Director of the Idaho Repertory Theatre. Dean is a professor of design, technology, and management and is a freelance professional lighting and scenic designer.
A recipient of the Idaho Commission of the Arts Fellowship in the Performing Arts for his design work in 2000, his professional credits include the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Tacoma Actors Guild, Santa Barbara Repertory Theatre, the Pacific Art Center, Spokane InterPlayers, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Festival Dance and Performing Arts, the Falaki Theatre in Cairo, Egypt, Dark Horse Productions (Film) and Showtime (TV). His most recent work was Twelfth Night for the Idaho Repertory Theatre.
- Drake, T., O'Rourke, M., Panttaja, D., and Peterson, I. (2008) "It's Alive! The Life Span of an Interdisciplinary Course in the Humanities." JGE: The Journal of General Education 57: 223-243.
*See CV for full listings of publications, research, outreach and awards.
Twelfth Night, Scenic Designer, Idaho Repertory Theatre,
Elvis People, Lighting Designer, Idaho Repertory Theatre,
No Fish In The House, Scenic Designer, Idaho Repertory
Summer of 42, Lighting Designer, Idaho Repertory Theatre,
She Stoops to Conquer, Lighting Designer, Columbia Basin
College, Pasco, WA, 2006
Lend Me a Tenor, Scenic Designer, Idaho Repertory
Grace & Glorie, Scenic Designer, Idaho Repertory
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Scenic Designer,
Idaho Repertory Theatre, 2006
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Lighting &
Scenic Designer, American University, Cairo, 2006
Santa Land, Lighting Designer, Idaho Repertory Theatre,
The Mystery of Irma Vep, Lighting Designer, Spokane
Othello, Lighting & Scenic Designer, Spokane
A Christmas Carol (Ballet), Scenic & Lighting
Designer, Festival Dance & Performing Arts, 2004
Dracula, Lighting Designer, Spokane InterPlayers, 2004
The Seahorse, Lighting Designer, Tacoma Actors Guild,
Moss Gown, Scenic Designer (Revival), Idaho Shakespeare
Educating Rita, Lighting Designer, Tacoma Actors Guild,
High School Musical - One Act, Moscow, Idaho Theatre for
Youth, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Community outreach production 2009
Season utilizing Area Junior and Senior High School Students.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,
Kendrick, Potlatch, Genesee, Pullman & Moscow, Idaho Theatre for
Youth, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Community outreach production 2008
- Idaho Repertory Theatre for Youth Summer Workshops and
Apprentice Program to the Idaho Repertory Theatre, Ongoing
- Canadian Studies Fellow, Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies
Institute, Canada, 2009
- Lighting Design Fellowship, Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts, Washington, D.C. 2006
- Fellowship in the Arts, Theatre, State of Idaho, Idaho
Commission on the Arts, 2000.
- International Association of Theatre for Children and Young
People (ASSITEJ), “Moby Dick” (North American Representative to the 12th
World Congress), Scenic Designer, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, 1996.