Charles Houghton


Charles Houghton, chair and professor of theatre, teaches Scenic and Lighting Design, Technical Theater and Stage Management.

In his 22 years as a professional lighting and scenic designer, Houghton has designed more than 200 professional productions for local and national theater companies.

As chair of the Department of Theatre, Houghton and his colleagues have tripled the number of students enrolled in the program, revised the theater curriculum and attracted guest artists from across the country. In 2015, he developed the Study Abroad Program to Ireland, a faculty-led trip that provides music, theater and arts students the unique experience to participate in the Carlow Arts Festival and collaborate with Carlow Little Theatre. Upon their return, students perform an Irish play they researched during their trip.

In his classes, he teaches students the important role the lighting and scenic designer plays. In addition, Houghton and theater faculty create high-impact learning activities that deepen students’ learning by collaborating with them on all aspects of planning a stage production.

To maintain a significant reputation beyond the region, Houghton encourages faculty to engage in creative scholarly activities. He is resident designer for the Pensacola Opera, Mobile Opera and the Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre.

Before he came to UWF, he was assistant dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado.

Degrees & Institutions:

He received his Bachelor of Arts in theater with an emphasis in design from San Diego State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in theater with an emphasis in lighting design from Temple University.

Current Courses:

    Scenic and Lighting Design, Technical Theater and Stage Management

Keywords: scenic design, lighting design, stage management, Pensacola Opera, Mobile Opera, Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre, Study Abroad Program to Ireland