People: Faculty and Staff

Carolyn Conn

Design/Technology: Professor, Lighting/Sound Design

CC Conn is professor of sound and lighting. A graduate of Ball State University (BA) and Indiana University (MFA), Conn worked for many years in Atlanta, Georgia, where her lighting design credits included The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me (Best Lighting Design, Creative Loafing Magazine), working on several events for the 1996 Summer Olympic games, recitals, and concerts. She worked extensively as a lighting technician in Indianapolis, Indiana and Atlanta, Georgia for IATSE Local 30 and 927 as well as other theatre and entertainment companies. She served as the assistant technical director and resident lighting designer for the Honeywell Foundation Ford Theatre in Wabash, Indiana. Her sound and/or lighting designs have been at Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, New York, NY, Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2015, Charleston, SC; OutProud Theatre, Atlanta, GA; Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; Brown County Playhouse, the Honeywell Foundation’s Ford Theatre, Indiana University, and Indiana Festival Theatre. Theatrical credits at SFA include sound and/or lighting designs for hundreds of plays, musicals and radio plays over the years. A member of USITT, Conn has served on many adjudication committees and resume/portfolio panels. She served two years as VC of Communications for the USITT Lighting Commission. She has presented five years at the University of New Mexico Mentoring Conference on topics covering her development of a Peer Mentoring program within the school of theatre at SFA and her subsequent research on mentoring. Conn is founder and Executive Director of Nacogdoches Arts Collaborative (501c3) serving the arts community of Nacogdoches county. Some of her community projects now supported through her non-profit include a children’s theatre camp (Junior Jacks) created by her in 2009 and the local community lavender prom spearheaded with help from community leaders in 2017. More information can be found on her website at