Areas of Expertise

Scenic and Lighting Design, Scenic Painting, Creative Drama for Youth


Desiderio Roybal is the 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 theatre and film, 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 35 years, Roybal has designed scenery and stage lighting for over 200 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 Childrens Theatre, and Theatre in the Round in Mpls., MN; Starlight Theatre and University of Missouri- Kansas City 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; David Jarrott Productions, Austin, TX; Penfold Theatre, Austin, TX.


MFA, University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1998
Master of Arts, South Dakota State University 1988
Bachelor of Arts, South Dakota State University 1982

Previous Courses

Scenic Design

Scenic Elements and Stage Properties

Scenic Painting

CAD Desgn

Creative Dramatics for Youth

Design Fundamentals


Early 2oth Century Wing and Border stage scenery

Construction techniques used in Wing and Border scenic fabrication in early legitimate theatre and tent theatre in the United States

Painting large murals/backdrops using the early 20th Century process of dry pigment paint and ground flake glue

Community Engaged Learning with intergenerational constituents

Professional Work

(selected work)

The Herd directed by Robert Tolaro; David Jarrott Productions, Austin, TX

The Price directed by Mary Fritzgerald; David Jarrott Productions, Austin, TX

Clybourne Park directed by Nathan Jerkins; Penfold Theatre, Austin, TX

Coup Klux directed by John Remmington; Theatre in the Round, Mpls. MN

Henceforward directed by Anthony Haigh; Center College, Danville, KY

Angels in America directed by Jared Stine; Dramski Theatre, Skopje, Macedonia

The Color Of Dissonace directed by Alexander Iliev (guest director from the National Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria); Alma Thomas Theatre, Georgetown, TX

She Stoops to Conquer directed by Lara Toner, Austin Playhouse, Austin, TX

Lend Me a Tenor directed by David Bisset; Wimberly, TX

The Fair Maid directed by Anthony Haigh, Center College, Danville, KY

Durang, Durang directed by Rick Roemer; Rhodopi Theatre, Smolyan, Bulgaria

Chicago directed by Michael McKelvie; Austin Playhouse, Austin, TX

My Favorite Year directed by Scott Schroder; Zilker Hillside Theatre, Austin, TX

Hound of the Baskervilles directed by Emily Rankin; Penfold Theatre, Austin, TX

The Fantasticks directed by Andrew Henrickson; Sioux Falls Playhouse, Sioux Falls, SD

Grease directed by Darlene Jaggar; Barrington Stage, Great Barrington, MA

La Boheme directed by Mathew Latta; Conservatory of Music, Kansas City, MO

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily; directed by Michael Stuart, Austin Playhouse, Austin, TX


Community Engaged Learning with the Boys and Girls Club of Georgetown, TX. The Creative arts of Poetry, puppetry, mask making, improvised play are explored over a three week period. Southwestern University students work with members of the club to create a final performance for all club members, family nad friends.

Community Engaged Learning with intergenerational consituents in developing a partnership to explore theatre collaboration between college students and the elderly


Presented Scenic Design portfolio to National and International directors/designers the the Lincon Center for the Performing Arts, NYS

Presented Scenic Design Renderings for The Cherry Orchard at USITT

The Stage Design for the Cherry Orchard and Grease were represented at The World Stage Design international exhibition in Toronto, Canada

Honors and Awards

Invited to present MFA protfolio at The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYC to international and national directors/desingers

The Price was awarded Best Scenic Design of 2016 in the greater Austin area by the Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Committee

National Endowment for the Arts award in Scenic Design

Joe Mundy Outstanding Service Award

Community Engaged Learning Fellowship 2015-2016, 2016-2017

International AACTFest Stage Design Award for Other Peoples Money

Community Service Award for Outstanding mentorship of youth at the Boys and Girls Club, Georgetown, TX

Constituent Artist with renowned, International Stage Designer Ralph Koltai


Unites States Institute of Theatre Technolgy

Texas Educational Theatre Association

Preservation Georgetown Heritage Society

NCAA, Faculty Athletic Representative for SU

Paideia Cluster Coordinator for Design1.0

Paideia Cluster Coordinator for Desing2.0

PaideiaCluster Coordinator for Migration