Professor Cynthia Stillings has been associated with Kent State University since 1991 and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She designs regionally and nationally and has been a guest artist and teacher at Case Western Reserve University, Radford University, Wright State University, Oberlin College and was Assistant Professor/Resident Lighting Designer at The Ohio State University. She was Resident Lighting Designer for Cleveland Opera where her work includes The Mikado, Turandot, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Tosca, Of Mice and Men, La Boheme,Madame Butterfly and Sweeney Todd. For Great Lakes Theater Festival she designed the world premiere of Adrienne Kennedy's The Ohio State Murders. She designed Candida, The Matchmaker and the world premiere of the new musical, Lend Me a Tenor, The Musical, for Utah Shakespearean Festival.
Other regional theatre, opera and dance credits include Skylight Opera Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse Square, The Cincinnati Ballet, Porthouse Theatre Company, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Phoenix Theatre Circle, Cain Park Theatre, The Contemporary American Theatre Company, Madison Repertory Theatre, and Player's Theatre Columbus where she designed an award winning production of Assassins. She was awarded the 1996 Peggy Ezekial Award for design excellence for her work on Cleveland Opera's Man of La Mancha.