Desi Roybal

Notable Achievements

Associate Professor of Theatre Desiderio Roybal was nominated for an Austin Critics Table Award for Best Scenic Design for his design of Trinity Theatre’s production of Florian Zeller’s The Father, directed by Professor Emeritus of Theatre Rick Roemer and produced by David Jarrott Productions. The Father is a tragi-comedy mystery, which takes a sobering and realistic look at family dynamics using unsentimental and emotionally charged scenes. The audience experiences the confusion of dementia as seen through the eyes of a man living through the physical and psychological loss of self. The incremental vanishing and reappearing scenic elements provided a poignant commentary on what is and is not real.

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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.

Roybal also works with current students to provide learning opportunities for 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 and friends. In addition to the Boys and Girls Club, he also works with intergenerational constituents in developing a partnership to explore theatre collaboration between college students and the elderly.

Roybal is affiliated with the Unites States Institute of Theatre Technology, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Preservation Georgetown Heritage Society and the SU Faculty Athletic Represent for the NCAA. 

  • 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.

    Roybal also works with current students to provide learning opportunities for 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 and friends. In addition to the Boys and Girls Club, he also works with intergenerational constituents in developing a partnership to explore theatre collaboration between college students and the elderly.

    Roybal is affiliated with the Unites States Institute of Theatre Technology, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Preservation Georgetown Heritage Society and the SU Faculty Athletic Represent for the NCAA. 

  • Early 20th 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

  • 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

    Exhibits

    Presented Scenic Design portfolio to National and International directors/designers at the Lincoln 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