Meet the Faculty



Krannert Center Technical Director

and Chair of Scenic Technology

Ryan is the Technical Director and the Chair of Scenic Technology for the Department of Theatre at the U of I. Prior to joining the Krannert Center in August 2016, Ryan was Technical Director at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. There, his credits include the annual production of A Christmas Carol, Disney’s The Jungle Book adapted by Mary Zimmerman, The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music starring Nathan Lane & Brian Dennehy, Robert Fall’s & Seth Bockley’s massive interpretation of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, and the Broadway production of War Paint starring Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersol. Ryan received his education from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.



Krannert Center Associate Technical Director and Scenic Technology Faculty

Tatsuya “Tito” Ito is an associate technical director at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the Scenic Technology faculty. Tatsuya started his career off freelancing in the greater Boston area working for companies like Bent Productions, Company One, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and Suffolk University amongst many others. He would go on to work his way from an over-hire carpenter to Technical Director at Stoneham Theatre. Looking for a change of pace, he was fortunate to become the shop foreman at Brandeis University, where he discovered his love for working in educational theatre. In grad school he had the pleasure of spending his summers in New York to work for Productions on Point, a layout and survey company focusing on live events, as well as Los Angeles to work for Center Theatre Group. In 2011 Tatsuya received his BFA from Salem State University in Massachusetts and is currently finishing his thesis to complete his MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama.



Krannert Center Theatrical Scene Shop Coordinator

Dylan Kind is the Theatrical Scene Shop Coordinator at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Dylan has been with Krannert since 2020 coming from Aspen Colorado. Previously, Dylan has served as the Technical Director for the Aspen Music Festival and School, a world class Opera and music intensive summer program. Dylan is a former graduate of the MFA program here at the University of Illinois. Prior to his time as a student at the University, Dylan worked in New York City as a fabricator with various theaters and companies including The Signature Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater. One of his favorite experiences was serving as a fabricator and automation understudy for the world premiere of Hamilton. Dylan earned his BFA in Scenic Technology and Design from the University of Evansville with a focus on Technical Direction. He is excited to use his experiences and expertise to help guide the next generation of theater and entertainment professionals.  



Scenic Technology Adjunct Faculty

Andrea Stewart is the Associate Technical Director at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the Scenic Technology faculty. Andrea has been with the center since 2012 by way of Seattle. Previously, she worked as the Fabrication Shop Supervisor at DillonWorks!, a premier custom design and fabrication company specializing in the more adventurous of architectural and themed environments and elements. Projects included high-end fabrication of themed elements and areas within museums, shopping malls, retail venues, amusement parks, casinos, exhibits, displays, restaurants, signage and more. Before that, she was the Master Carpenter at the Intiman Theatre and a member of IATSE Local 15. She earned her BFA in Theatrical Production Arts with a technical emphasis from Ithaca College and her MBA from the University of New Hampshire.



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