LAWRENCE – Department of Theatre Associate Professor and Scenographer, Delores Ringer is retiring after 30 years at the University of Kansas.
"Delores will be sorely missed by colleagues, students and the theatre-going public at KU. For three decades her inspired costume and set designs dressed the stages of the University Theatre, supporting the high production quality that defines us,” said Mechele Leon, Associate Professor and Theatre Chair. “Our aspiring designers, particularly students in our MFA Scenography program, will lose a treasured advisor and mentor. Speaking as a colleague, I certainly will miss Delores' unselfish commitment to serving the mission of our department. We wish her the best during her well-earned retirement"
Ringer joined the faculty and design team at KU in 1984. Before coming to KU, she served as a designer and director throughout the country in Chicago, Portland, and elsewhere with theatres and dance companies, as well as spending summers with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Ringer was drawn to KU for the scenography program and the really great theatre being produced.
“One of the great things about the Department of Theatre at KU is the opportunity to teach and practice the art of theatre,” Ringer said. “I always felt so good about the quality of theatre and the quality of support from the outstanding staff here. I was able to direct women’s theatre here at KU, and I truly don’t believe I would have that opportunity elsewhere.”
Ringer directed and designed numerous plays during her time at KU, but a few of her standouts include: Our Country’s Good (2004), The Medea Myth (1990) and Love of the Nightingale (1992). She also received many opportunities to attend workshops outside of KU including a workshop with Augusto Boal, and others on performance art and visual theatre.
Looking back on her time at KU, she is most proud of the work women are doing in theatre, “There were no women role models when I started out. I was warned that as a female set designer it would be a hard road. Well, yeah, but not here,” she said. “I didn’t feel like it was ever a problem here. It’s great to see now that there are so many women going into it.”
The Department of Theatre is one of four departments in the School of the Arts. As part of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of the Arts offers fresh possibilities for collaboration between the arts and the humanities, sciences, social sciences, international and interdisciplinary studies.