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Steve Leary

Assistant Technical Director, Adjunct Instructor

Steve Leary manages the Division of Theatre scene shop, which builds sets for theatre, opera and dance. He started at SMU as the shop foreman in 1989 after working as a scenic carpenter in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and California, on everything from feature films to the Universal Studios Tour King Kong exhibit to the 1987 Super Bowl pregame show set. Leary has worked with notable Dallas theaters including The Undermain, Kitchen Dog, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and Project X. He teaches the scenery practicum and scenery run crew courses. Recently Leary has co-produced the feature film The Playroom, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker, which was accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival and received a national release in 2013.


Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Cameron University

Professional Experience

Technical Director, Southern Methodist University

Technical Director, Ruth, Kitchen Dog Theater

Set Designer/Technical Director, One in 3, Project X

Technical Director, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas

Scenic Carpenter, Southern Methodist University

Scenic Carpenter, DS Arts

Scenic Carpenter, Dallas Stage Scenery

Scenic Carpenter, Lexington Scenery and Props, Los Angeles, Cailf.


Instructor, Scenery Practicum, Scenery Run Crew, Southern Methodist University

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts




Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)


Faculty and Staff

Opportunities for Non-Theatre Majors

Student Internships & Collaborations


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