Scott Dahl of Webster, New York, has joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He is a faculty member in the NTID Cultural and Creative Studies Department’s performing arts program.
Dahl designs sets for department productions, works with students in the paint and scene shop and is designing the department’s Introduction to Performance class as an online course.
Originally from Troy, New York, Dahl earned a BFA in Industrial and Interior Design from RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, a master’s degree from State University of New York, Albany and an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has received numerous research grants and presented papers on the theatrical history of the 1930’s and, in particular, The Group Theatre and their primary scenic designer Mordecai Gorelik. He has presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conferences in San Diego and New York, and at the International Federation For Theatre Research in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
He has 25 years of experience as a senior designer, artistic director, draftsman and project manager, and 14 years of teaching experience at the university level. He has designed and developed residential, commercial, retail and light-industrial buildings, theme park attractions and theatrical settings as well as interactive exhibits and corporate event environments.
Dahl began his career designing and drafting dozens of custom homes and commercial and light-industrial buildings in Albany, Rensselaer, Warren and Saratoga Counties in upstate New York, including a variety of suburban housing developments, retail interiors and the Glens Falls MRI Center in Glens Falls, New York.
His work as senior designer, artistic director and design department manager at such companies as Adirondack Studios, Glens Falls; Alexander Entertainment, Tampa, Florida; and VEE Corporation, Minneapolis, included the design and development of projects such as interactive environments and interiors for the American Airlines Arena (Miami Heat) and SBC Arena (San Antonio Spurs), Treasure Island Casino (Red Wing, Minnesota), Morgan’s Family Entertainment Center (Destin, Florida) and Matsuyo Ladies Department Store (Fukuoka, Japan). Dahl also was heavily involved in the design, development and construction drawing packages for the interiors and effects of many attractions for Universal Studios, Orlando, including the Hanna-Barbera, E.T. Adventure and Hitchcock: Art of Making Movies attractions.
Dahl also has designed other theme park attractions, including Batman, Police School and Lethal Weapon and stunt show attractions and Denis the Menace Sound Stage settings (Six Flags, Nationwide), King Solomon’s Mines (Walibi Flevo Park, Rhone Alps, France), Police Academy (Mirabilandia Theme Park, Ravenna, Italy) and theatrical settings for the national tours of Dragon Tales Live I and II (Children’s Television Network and VEE Corporation) as well as corporate event environments for AT & T, Westinghouse, General Electric and many other corporate clients.
He has a love of period architecture, and a sincere interest to “better the world around us through the expression of design.” He believes the only way to achieve these results is through understanding and respecting the artistic and technological aspects of the design process.
“We work in an expanding industry where once clear boundaries of art, technology, commerce, entertainment and education are now blurred. There is more opportunity than ever for designers to impact the world we live in. It is an exciting time to be contributing to these new creations.”