Desi Roybal

Associate Professor of Theatre

Areas of expertise
Scene Design

Desiderio Roybal is the Faculty Chair, Resident Scenic Designer, and Associate Professor of Theatre for The Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas.  Roybal received a Master of Art from South Dakota State University with a focus in film, and theatre, and a Master of Fine Art from University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) with a focus in scenic design, scenic painting, and stage lighting.  His early career focused in the research and recreation of early 20th century painted backdrops using dry pigment paint and animal glue.  He has painted olios and backdrops for many wing and drop theatre productions using dry pigment paint, and has led workshops in the painting and rigging of roll drop scenery.  He has also served as a theatre consultant for improvements in stage lighting and rigging.  For the past 30 years, Roybal has designed scenery and stage lighting for over 135 productions throughout the USA and Eastern Europe.  Other professional production credits include Costume Designer, Production Manager, Scenic Artist, Property Master, and Technical Direction.  He has worked with The Rhodopi Theatre in Smolyan, Bulgaria, The Dramski Theatre in Skopje, Macedonia, The Children?s Theatre, and Theatre in the Round in Mpls., MN, Starlight Theatre and the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, MO, Barrington Stage Company, in Sheffield, MA, Prairie Repertory Theatre in Brookings, SD, Sioux Falls Playhouse, Sioux Falls, SD, Centre College in Danville, KY, Summer Stage Repertory Theatre in Georgetown, TX, Hillside Theatre at Zilker Park, Austin, TX. Some of his honors have been: Constituent Artist in residence with international scenic designer Ralph Koltai at University of Missouri, Kansas City; Scenic Design Portfolio Presentation at the Lincoln Center, NYC; Emerging Artist Grant for Sustained Excellence in Design from the National Endowment for the Arts.

BA, South Dakota St. University?Bookings

MA, South Dakota St. University?Bookings

MFA, University of Missouri at Kansas City


MFA, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1998


Contact Information

Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-1359 (office)
Office: Fine Arts 309