Dr. Gregory Blakey
Assistant Professor of Theatre/Recruiting Director
Office: SFAC 218
Ed.D. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 1996.
College Teaching of Theatre
M.A. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 1978
Theatre Design and Technology (minor in Directing)
B.S. College of the School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO, 1976
Greg Blakey has been Resident Scenic Designer at the University of Central Arkansas since 1983. For many years he also wore the titles of Resident Lighting Designer and Technical Director. He has been Director of Theatre since 2002. He has designed, built, lit, or directed over 70 productions while at UCA for the University as well as other groups around the state. For four years he served as Arkansas State Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival- following thirty years of involvement starting in his graduate student years at Kansas State University.
Blakey is one of the originators of a plan for a Summer theatre activity that, after three years of discussion and planning, coalesced into the 2006 inaugural season of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre festival where he has served on the board and for which he has created Scenic, Lighting, and Properties designs.
Director of Theatre and Assistant Professor (Scenic and Lighting Design), Department of Mass Communication and Theatre, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, April 2002-Present.
Assistant Professor (Designer and Technical Director), Department of Mass Communication and Theatre, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, August 1983-April 2002.
Duties: Teaching undergraduate courses including Basic Speech, Introduction to Theatre, Stagecraft, Stage Lighting, Scene Design, Stage Painting, Stage Management, Theatre History, and Production and Performance. Additionally, providing the design and technical direction of public performances in the Studio Theatre and Centre Stage of the Snow Fine Arts Center and the Reynolds Performance Hall.
Facilities Manager/Designer/Technical Director/Instructor, Department of Theatre, Highland Community College, Freeport, IL, August 1978 to June 1983.
Duties Included: Teaching undergraduate courses including Basic Speech, Introduction to Technical Theatre, Stage Lighting, Makeup, and Theatre Practicum as well as the scheduling, design and technical direction of public performances on the Fine Arts Center stage.
Designer/Technical Director/Instructor, Department of Speech, College of the School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO, April to August 1978.
Duties Included: Teaching undergraduate courses including Stagecraft, Stage Lighting, and Makeup, as well as stage direction, scenic and lighting design and technical direction of public performances at Beacon Hill Summer Theatre.
Professional Papers, Publications and Research in Progress
Computer-aided Drafting in Educational Theatre- A Study: Response Session and display at the ATHE National Conference: Chicago, IL (August 1997)
Blakey, Gregory and Beach, Claudia, “The Artist in Spite of Himself: Molier and His Theatre” (A Baroque Festival), UCA Dept. of Music, Jan 27, 1999
Blakey, Greg and Porter, Samantha (2006) Non-Destructive Bas-Relief Sculptures on a Piano, Technical Briefs, Yale University, Spring 2006.
Panel presentation: “Preparing for College Audition/Interviews- What are Colleges Looking For?” Arkansas State Communication Association Fall meeting, Mt. Magazine, AR. September 2007
Professional Service Activities
Consultant to Conway Arkansas High School Drama Department for scenic and lighting design for the Spring Musical 1996-2000.
Stage Lighting consultant to Conway High School Auditorium Staff. 1995, 1997, 2000
Consultant to Westside High School, Greer’s Ferry, Arkansas for their Cafetorium Stage. Created design drawings and wrote bid specifications for a modular stage lighting system. 1999-2000
Consultant to Conway Community Arts Association for theatre building and lighting system design. 1996- 2000.
Active in the programs of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, 1976-present. Multi-year host of Arkansas State Festival, as Arkansas State Vice Chair and Chair (2003-2007) served as a member of the Region VI Committee. KCACTF Bronze medallion recipient for service to college/university theatre (2007).
Consultant to University of the Ozarks Theatre regarding refurbishment of stage-lighting and counterweight systems.
United States Institute for Technical Theatre- National
Arkansas State Communication Association
University representative to the National Association of Schools of Theatre
Selected Designs/Directing (2002- present)
Adjudicated Set and CAD-Projection design for “The Shape of Things”, Arkansas State meeting of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre. Festival (2002). Recognized for excellence in Projection design. Production received a bid, and later was performed at the Region VI Festival in Fort Worth, TX (2003).
Lighting design and board operation for the Royal Players (Benton, AR) production of “1776” (2003).
Scenic and lighting design, “You Can’t Take it With You” (2004).
Scenic design: UCA Summer Theatre production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” (2004) a co-production of UCA Theatre and Conway Community Arts Association.
Scenic Design for “The Piano Lesson” (,2004). Later toured to the Arkansas State meeting of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, November 2004 at Henderson State University.
Scenic and Lighting Design for the UCA Theatre production of “Hamlet” (2005).
Sound Design of a musical sound-scape for “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (2005). Later toured to the Arkansas State meeting of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, November 2005 at Henderson State University. Recognized for excellence in sound design.
Scenic Design for “Threepenny Opera” (2006).
Lighting Design for “Stop/Kiss” (2006). Later performed for response at the Arkansas State meeting of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, also served as host of the State Festival while serving as Arkansas State Chair.
Scenic Design for “All My Sons” (2006) (UCA Reynolds Performing Arts Center).
Scenic Designs for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare, “Man of La Mancha” by Wasserman, Darion, and Leigh, and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, (2007) Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.
Scenic Design for “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” in the Bridges-Larson Theatre (2007).
Scenic Design for “All my Sons” (2007) Reynolds Performance Hall.
Scenic and Lighting Design for “The Visit” (2007) Snow Fine Arts Center Studio Theatre.
Lighting and Properties Design for “Sound of Music” and “Romeo and Juliet” and Property Design for “The Tempest” (2008) Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.
Scenic Design for “Starmites” (2009) Reynolds Performance Hall.