ACADEMICS

  • John Howell Hood

    Contact Information
    Room A370, inside A368
    508-929-8830
    jhood@worcester.edu

    Education
    B.F.A., Arizona State University
    M.F.A., University of Minnesota

    A native of Arizona, Professor John Hood has lived in many different states and taught at University of Montana, Arizona State, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California, where he was conservatory director of technical theatre training, and SUNY, Binghamton. Now settled in Worcester, Hood started teaching at WSU in 2003.

    Of the schools he has taught for, Hood enjoys WSU because of the small class sizes and the students’ desire to learn. When teaching certain classes such as Scenic Design, a smaller class size allows Hood the opportunity to engage and mentor students individually.

    Hood, as the youngest of four siblings, was inspired and encouraged to enter the arts. He found purpose supporting productions through design and technology, rather than performing on stage, but has many on-stage credits, having studied acting and musical performance, also.

    Hood is Professor of Design at WSU and works on scenery, scenic art and properties design for Worcester State Theatre. He enjoys seeing the progression of his students’ abilities and their confidence grow as they study and experience theatre production.

    He observes the words of the famous Scene Designer, Robert Edmond Jones:

    “The stage setting has no independent life of its own. Its emphasis is on performance. Without the actor, it does not exist.”

    Professor Hood earned a Master of Fine Arts in Design/Technology from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. Hood brings extensive professional and academic experience as a scene designer, lighting designer, scenic artist, properties and costume craftsperson. He has designed scenery for The New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, PCPA Theaterfest, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, Inc., Southwest Shakespeare Co., Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Billings Opera, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis, and others. He is a member of United Scenic Artists of America, Local 829, in the Scene Design category.

  • Courses Taught
    • Introduction to Theatre
    • Rehearsal and Performance
    • Special Topics
    Publications
    Honors and Grants