Associate Head, Teaching Professor, Design
Dick Block has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon for 33 years. As Associate Head, he supports the Head in the day-to-day functioning of the School; is a liaison between the Head, students, faculty, and staff; and assists with all School of Drama activities.
Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Dick had a freelance career based in New York City where design credits include Conrack for AMAS (nominated for an Audelco Award), Fascinating Rhythms for Columbia Artists (also toured), Much Ado About Nothing for Equity Library Theatre and two pieces for Theatreworks USA as well as a new play, Wilson. He also worked on such Broadway productions as Evita, 42nd St., Barnum, and Cats. Dick has been active locally with projects designed at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Additional regional credits include work at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass, Center Stage in Baltimore and Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Other design credits include over a dozen productions at The Human Race in Ohio, Feydeau’s Silly Goose in Cairo, and Amadeus and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Dick is co-author of “Scene Design and Stage Lighting (9th edition).” Dick is also active with USITT and both regionally and nationally with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, having served as the first National Design Chair. He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Medallion for Distinguished Service. Dick received his MFA from Northwestern University.