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McHugh, James

McHugh, James

Teaching areas: Lighting Design, Aesthetics, Film History, Color Theory, Architectural History

James P. McHugh is a member of the design and technology faculty at Humboldt State University whose area of expertise is Lighting Design. In addition to lighting (shadow design) he teaches classes in Visual Aesthetics, and Color Theory. 

He is a member of United Scenic Artists of America, the past chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Theatre Film and TV Lighting Commission and a member of Entertainment Services and Technical Association’s Photometric Reporting group. 

He was a principle at the theatrical design and construction firm MRA in New York City prior to his teaching career.  As a lighting designer, he usually spends his summers working in rotating repertory theatres designing a combination of musicals, operas and straight plays for the season. 

On occasion he can be found on stage as a performer in shows such as Equus, Three Viewings, Secret Garden and Camelot.

Research/ Publications: Color Theory


BS Hofstra University
MFA Wayne State University

Contact information

Theatre Arts, 10A
707 826-3545