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Linda Berry Stein College of Fine Arts & Humanities

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2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

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Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson

Professor of Theatre Arts; Department Chair of Theatre Arts

Fine Arts Theatre & Dance

Email address  bwilson@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-7350
Office location  Swisher Theater, 223

Professor Wilson holds an M. F. A. in Design from The University of Kansas and a B. A. from Midwestern State University. Professor Wilson has over 30 years of experience in higher education. He began his educational career at the University of Nebraska Omaha, and became a member of the Jacksonville University faculty in 1995. While at JU he has served as the Department of Theatre Chair, and eight years as the Division Chair of Theatre and Dance. In 2007, Professor Wilson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the JU faculty. Professor Wilson also served as the project manager for the renovation of the historic Swisher Theatre completed in 2006.

Professor Wilson served on the board of the Florida Theatre Conference, the largest state conference in the South Eastern Theatre Conference for 8 years. He has served as co-audition chair, Vice President and President of the Florida Theatre Conference from 2001 until 2007. In 2006 Professor Wilson was awarded the Distinguished Career Award in the College and University Division by the Florida Theatre Conference. Professor Wilson continues to serve as a consultant on theatre curriculum for colleges and secondary schools.

Professionally, Professor Wilson has over 35 years of experience as a designer and scenic artist for stage and film. His professional credits include work with Universal Pictures, Sarah Film Productions, Studio 22 San Francisco, the Utah Festival Opera Company, the Fort Worth Ballet Company and many others. Professor Wilson also has worked within many major entertainment venues, including All Star Production, San Diego producers of many NFL Super Bowl events, including the NFL Players Party. He is currently engaged with Meeting Architects of San Diego and as a theatre consultant for the Haskell Company. Professor Wilson is also a 30 year plus member of IASTE local 387.