Music Department

Faculty Bio

Bio Image Herb Caldwell

Herb Caldwell

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Phone: (812) 941-2666
Office Location: OG 181

Academic Background

University of Utah
Country: United States
Degree: Master of Fine Arts


Herb has been a professional scene and lighting designer and stage technician for more than 20 years. He has designed for regional theatres around the country and served as Technical Director at several universities. He was the first Master Electrician for the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati and prior to that taught lighting, audio, electronics, and computers as a Vocational Education Teacher/Coordinator at the School for Creative and Performing Arts (Cincinnati). More recently he returned to school and earned an AAS degree in Electronics from Ivy Tech where he passed the ISCET (International Society of Certified Electronic Technicians) exam. He is one of only about 200 ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association) Certified Entertainment Electricians in the US. He is an Extra Class "Ham" radio operator and created and taught first responder classes for the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency in emergency communications and power distribution. He has been a state licensed pyrotechnician (Ohio) and federally licensed Manufacturer of High Explosives which afforded him the opportunity to be the "fire and smoke guy" for the Phantom of the Opera and Jerry Lewis (Damn Yankees). Herb holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah and is an accomplished scene painter. He is also a journeyman stagehand through IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 5 in Cincinnati. He has worked productions for five motion pictures including Innocent Man and Lost In Yonkers, numerous professional theatre productions, operas, ballets, concert tours and virtually every type of theatrical entertainment. Herb spent the last three years working in Minneapolis/St. Paul as the Education Coordinator for the International Alliance of Stage Employees Local 13, where he has developed and launched a progressive Apprenticeship/Journeyman re-training program for professional stagehands.