Thomas J. Munn 1944-2022
Professor Emeritus of Theatre & Dance
Thomas J. Munn, an internationally recognized Lighting Designer, has designed for theatre, opera, ballet, television, videos, and industrials. A graduate of Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts in Design, he made his Broadway debut in 1974 designing scenery for Brightowerby Dore Schary.
In New York, as a member of USA 829, he was an active Scenic Artist as well as a Scenic and Lighting Designer. He served as Lighting Director/Designer for San Francisco Opera from 1976 through 2000, creating designs and special effects for over 190 productions. These include the Emmy-nominated, televised world premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire (Projection Design and Lighting) and Professor Munn’s Emmy Award-winning work on La Gioconda.
Since 2000 Munn has designed Meistersinger von Nuremberg, The Ballad of Baby Doe (San Francisco and New York City Operas), The Tsar’s Bride, Don Carlo, and Semele for SFO as well as numerous revivals for that company. Munn’s credits as Lighting Director for television include Dangerous Liaisons, Samson et Delilah, La Bohème, Aida, Orlando Furioso, L’Africaine, Capriccio, and Turandot. Scenic design credits include productions of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Roberto Devereux, Pelléas et Mélisande, Nabucco, Billy Budd, Don Giovanni, and Christophe Colomb.
Other recent designs of note include television work as Lighting Director for the LA Opera video of The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; Pioneer Theatre Company’s Julius Caesar, Beauty and The Beast; Mefistofele for Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy; Rodalinda, Carmen, Cenerentola, Hansel und Gretel, La Traviata, Dallas Opera; Samson and Delilah, Julius Cesare, Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlo, Idomeneo, San Diego Opera; Candide, Whitman College; Bluebeard’s Castle, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Elephant’s Graveyard, Nest, Urinetown: The Musical, Carmen, Big Love, Rocky Horror Show for UC Davis. Ballet and Dance credits include works for the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre in New York City, The Nutcracker and Coppelia for the Hartford Ballet and Ballet Arizona. As a Lighting Consultant he has worked on prestigious projects such as the renovated War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Het Musiktheatre in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco.