Joe Beumer is a freelance designer of lighting for theatre, dance, and opera with additional experience as a scenic designer and director of theatre. He is passionate about telling stories (no matter the art form or design field) and collaborating to create unique products through research, ingenuity, and an eye for design. Upcoming projects include Madame Butterfly and Carmen with the Dayton Ballet and Elixir of Love with Permian Basin Opera in Midland, TX, as well as serving as Scenic and Lighting Designer for Manhattan’s The Spence School and the Theatre Program at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Recent design includes The Barber of Seville – Opera Colorado; Tosca – Permian Basin Opera; Yardbird – Atlanta Opera; Peter and the Starcatcher – Playhouse on Park; Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Great Gatsby, and Dracula: Bloodlines (World Premiere) with Dayton Ballet; Mamma Mia, Bonnie & Clyde, Pippin, The 39 Steps, Sylvia, West Side Story, Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, Raisin in the Sun, and Clybourne Park – Summer Rep Theatre (Sonoma, CA); What We Wanted (w/Paul Miller) – Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row; The Gold – NYMF at the Pearl Theatre; Mary Poppins (w/Thomas Hase) – Syracuse Stage; La bohéme – Crested Butte Music Festival, and Considering Matthew Shepard – Cincinnati Opera & Vocal Arts Ensemble. Associate/Assistant work includes The Public Theatre (NYC), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opéra de Montréal, and Philadelphia Theatre Company among others.
Joe is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829.