Dwight Camillucci joined the faculty of Wilkes University as an assistant professor of theater.
Camillucci was born in the Bay Area of ââCalifornia and raised in Kalispell, Montana.
The art of theater has always been an interest and a passion for Camillucci. In his hometown of Kalispell, he attended Flathead Valley Community College and earned an associate’s degree in theater arts. Subsequently, he attended the University of Montana Western Dillon, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Modern History. He attended Utah State University and received his Masters of Fine Arts in Theater Design with a specialization in Stage and Lighting Design.
Prior to joining the Wilkes community, Camillucci’s previous occupation was Technical Director at Troolwood Performing Arts School, located in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Becoming a teacher has always been an important goal for Camillucci.
âI knew from an early age that I wanted to be an educator,â explained Camillucci. “I have always had a strong bond with my teachers and understood the positive impact they had on my life, so teaching at all levels was something that has always interested me.”
Camillucci explained that he was drawn to Wilkes University because of its small size and focus on teaching, which allows him to engage deeply with his students.
âI wanted to be able to connect with students on an individual level to really get to know them and Wilkes has great opportunities for that. “
So far, in his time at Wilkes, Camillucci has already been very impressed with the theater department.
âWilkes’ drama department is amazing. The skill level of the instructors is seen in the work that the students create, and the quality of performance that we are capable of achieving is relatively unparalleled for a school of our size.
At Wilkes, Camillucci is responsible for creating the set design and lighting for the four main stage productions. He also designs the lighting for the spring dance show. In summer, he works professionally as a scenographer and technical director.
It also teaches the Drama Approach and an introductory class that caters to non-drama students or students who are new to the Performing Arts program. Another course that Camillucci teaches is a Design for the Theater class, in which his students explore the three main areas of performing arts design: stage, costume, and lighting. He also teaches his students the skills of scenic painting, advanced lighting and stage design, historical stage styles and rendering.
Camillucci explained that he enjoys working in the art of theater because of its expressive and creative environment.
âWorking in theater design is fantastic because it allows me to expand in all directions as an artist,â he said. âI can do everything from sketching to painting, digital animation and computer programming. “
Seeing his students thrive in the performing arts is a special aspect of teaching for Camillucci.
âMy favorite part of teaching is working on a production with a student and seeing their work on stage,â he explained. âThis is something unique to teaching theater where an audience can see a student’s work as a live performance. “
Camillucci’s hobbies revolve around his artistic passions. In his spare time he enjoys movies for fun and also for researching design. Camillucci particularly enjoys Star Wars, Back to the Future, and the Indiana Jones franchises, as well as any movie starring her favorite actor, Will Smith. His favorite pieces include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and any production by Martin McDonagh.
Camillucci also enjoys traveling with his wife, Brianna, and his dog, Buster.
Either way, theatrical design will always hold a special place in Camillucci’s heart, and during his time as a teacher at Wilkes, he hopes to expand the technical theater and design programs and create a learning environment. modern and creative.