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Christopher Keene, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Technical Theater, Theater Arts
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5116
Email: ckeene@apu.edu
Fax: (626) 387-5747
Christopher R. Keene is an Associate Professor of Technical Theater and serves as the resident Scenic Designer for APU. Mr. Keene received his BA in Technical Theatre from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design & Production: Stage Properties from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

He worked for several years in Los Angeles, Nashville and North Carolina as a Makeup/FX Artist, Prop Master and Scenic Designer. He was a makeup artist for Knott’s Berry Farm’s Scream Team and a prosthetic and prop sculptor for Six Flag’s Magic Mountain. From 1987-1994, he served as an Elder and Associate Pastor for Sanctuary Church in Redondo Beach, CA. His work with the church included leading outreach and evangelism teams, drama and arts ministries and providing missionary training in the dramatic arts. In 1994, he relocated to Nashville where he toured and trained mission teams with the mime team “All The World’s A Stage.” His Tennessee credits include Opryland USA’s Howl-0-ween, the Nashville Opera, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival and Christ Church’s annual Easter Passion Play. In North Carolina he worked on productions for the Piedmont Opera, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and the NC Black Repertory Company.

His design work has been featured in issues of Southern Theater and American Theatre Magazine. He joined the faculty at APU in the fall of 2012. He was the Scenic Designer for the APU productions of Merrily We Roll Along, The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing, Hello Dolly, An Ideal Husband and Faustus. He received an Award for Meritorious Achievement by the KCACTF for the Set Design for The Seagull.

Education

MFA – University of North Carolina School of the Arts – 2001
BA – California State University, Long Beach - 1991

Departments

  • College of Music and the Arts: School of Visual and Performing Arts
    • Theater Arts
  • College of Music and the Arts

Expertise

  • Scenic Design
  • Stage Makeup
  • Stage Properties

Courses Taught

TFT 101 – Christianity and the Creative Process
TFT 221 – Theatrical Sets and Properties
TFT 222 – Theatrical Lighting and Sound
TFT 223 – Theatrical Makeup

Office Location

Department of Theater, Film, and Television
Building Three, Room 161, West Campus

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