Jakyung Seo

Jakyung Seo

School of Theatre and Dance
Associate Professor of Lighting Design
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Jakyung Seo is an associate professor of lighting design at Kent State University and programmer at the Busan International Performing Arts Festival (www.bipaf.org). Prior to joining the faculty at Kent State, she taught at the University of Cincinnati (CCM) and California State University at Fresno. Jakyung has worked as a professional lighting designer and assistant lighting designer in USA regional theatre including Steppenwolf and Congo Square Theatre (Chicago), Eye to Soul (NYC), CATCO (Columbus), Porthouse and Lodestone Theatre (LA). Her international credits include: "Face" with Eye to Soul at Edinburgh, U.K., and "What We Want Is" for Thrust Dance Company in Japan, where she was awarded the best prize at the International Dance Festival in Saitama. Recently, she designed "BINARI" with MAC theatre company at Avignon Off Theatre festival and Theatre Laboratory Elizabeth Czerczuk, Paris at France, Sibiu International Theatre Festival at Romania, Busan Performing Arts International Festival at South Korea. She has designed more than 60 shows including "South Pacific," "Peterman," "Man of La Mancha" and many dance performances. She is actively presenting at international conferences such as PQ Scenofest 2007 in Prague where she was lead lecturer, USITT, SETC and  KCACTF at USA. Also, she has been teaching lighting design workshops at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts at Singapore and DonSeo University and KyungSung University at South Korea.


M.F.A., University of Illinois, Urbana


Theatre lighting design, theatre technology, theatre management, international contractor