Michael Beyer

Michael Beyer

Lighting Designer and Production Manager for the Fine Arts Building
Lighting Design is about the creative use of light having the ability to affect people’s reaction, mood, and thought.
— Michael Beyer

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Michael Beyer


B.A. in Theatre, Ashland University, 2001

M.F.A., Theatre Lighting Design, Wayne State University, 2004

Courses Taught

Understanding Theatre

Design for the Theatre 1-3

Lighting Design 1-3

Vectorworks for the Theatre

Website Design

Basic Theatre Technology


United States Institute of Theatrical Design (USITT)

American College Theatre Festival (ACTF)


Thespie Award – 2016, Best Lighting Design, Threepenny Opera, Lansing Community College

Pulsar Award – 2012, Best Lighting design for Pentecost, Lansing Community College

Pulsar Award – 2008, Best Lighting Design for Glass Menagerie, Boarshead Theatre, Lansing, Michigan

Oakland Press Best Lighting Design – 2004, Kentucky Cycle, Wayne State University

Professional Design Credits

Electric Forest Festival, Rothbury, MI

Ensemble Theatre, Cleveland, OH

Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI

Flint Youth Theatre, Flint, MI

Jewish Ensemble Theatre, West Bloomfield, MI

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Boarshead Theatre, Lansing, MI


Theatre By the Sea, Matunuck, RI

Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Jackson, MI

Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI

Cain Park, Cleveland Heights, OH

Attic Theatre, Appleton, WI

Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT

Directing Credits

Arsenic and Old Lace

The Mystery of Edwin Drood


Death of a Salesman

Dancing at Lughnasa

Almost, Maine

Trojan Women


Michael Beyer has lit many stages in his career as a lighting designer. He spends most of his time as a professor and lighting designer and production manager at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. Michael has also designed for Ensemble Theatre, Wayne State University, Lansing Community College, Lansing Children’s Ballet Theatre, and Flint Youth Theatre, and he is a member of the Board of Directors for Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. He also works with a number of touring rock and roll bands when he is able to, and most recently assisted with the design of the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan. From 2007-2009, he was the Resident Lighting Designer for Michigan Shakespeare Festival. In 2009, his design for Glass Menagerie at the Boarshead Theatre earned a Thespie Award from the Lansing State Journal. He holds an M.F.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Some notable theatre credits include: Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Theatre By the Sea (Matunuck, Rhode Island), Performance Network (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Jackson, Michigan), Boarshead Theatre (Lansing, Michigan), Jewish Ensemble Theatre (Detroit, Michigan), Hilberry Repertory Theatre (Detroit, Michigan), Cain Park (Cleveland, Ohio), Goodspeed Opera House (East Haddam, Connecticut), Ensemble Theatre (Cleveland, Ohio), and Attic Theatre (Appleton, Wisconsin).