Rachel Kinsman Steck

Associate Professor of Theatre
Specialty: Lighting Design, Production Supervisor

Rachel Kinsman Steck joins the Theatre Department as Associate Professor, Lighting Designer, and Production Supervisor from Imago Maske Ensemble where she held the position of production manager/lighting director. Previously, she could be found working as a lighting designer, production manager, and electrician for Diablo Ballet, California Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Smuins Ballet/SF, Theater of Yugen, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Portland Playhouse, CoHo Productions, the Berkeley Opera, Woman's Will, the Greater Buffalo Opera Company, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, HAG Theatre, Litelab Corporation, and the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre.

In addition, Rachel is also a member of the Women's and Gender Studies Program where she teaches feminist theory, feminist theory in performance, queer theory, and masculinities. Rachel's areas of interest include: queer theory & performance, politics & performance, spectatorship & citizenship, sustainability & theatre practices, and Lighting design history & practice.


  • Ph.D in Dramatic Arts from the University of Oregon
  • MAH from the State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA from Wells College