Bruce Bergner
Associate Professor of Theatre Design & Technology • Department Chair

Room C231 University Theatre Building
261 UCB, Boulder CO, 80309-0261

Spring 2024 Office Hours: 12:00-1:30PM Wednesdays

Bruce A. Bergner, MFA in Scene Design, University of Illinois; BA in Theatre, University of Minnesota

Bruce specializes in theatre scene design and experience design (XD), the design of immersive and themed events. He has designed stage scenery all over the nation, completing approximately 150 realized stage designs at established venues. He has won several design awards and founded an industry-affiliated Professional Masters - MFA program at CU for Live Experience Design in 2016. His work has been exhibited in major showings in New York, Saint Louis and Prague. Bruce is an expert in interactive forms of theatre and destination design, spatial storytelling and experience design pedagogy. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and The Themed Entertainment Association.


Bruce published The Poetics of Stage Space: The Theory and Process of Theatre Scene Design (McFarland, 2013) and co-curated: Experiential Theatres: Praxis Based Approaches to Training the Twenty-First Century Theatre Artist. (Routledge 2022). Bruce remains active in researching new ways to educate designers for non-traditional forms of collaborative creativity and maintains strong connections with the commercial design industry. Bruce is also involved with the history of scenic painting and served as an academic consultant during a recent uncovering of what may be the world’s most extensive, extant, historic scenery collections at the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, CO and was instrumental in helping curate the historically significant Twin City Scenic Collection in Minneapolis.