Treasurer/EC member

Michael Ramsaur

Lighting Designer, and Professor



Michael Ramsaur 

is OISTAT President, 2005-2009, and the Chair of Education Commission, 1996 – 2005.  His role in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) includes :

Northern California Section Chairman, 1981-82 and Executive Committee 1998 - present

Lighting Design Commission, 1981-Present and Executive Committee 2001 - 2004

Education Commission, 1996-2002,  International Liaison Committee, 1992-Present


Michael is a Professor of lighting design at Stanford University serving as Director of Production ( He also serves as Honorary Professor at the Central Academy of Drama, Beijing; Guest Professor at the University of Arts Belgrade in the Interdisciplinary MA Program in Theater Design; and has taught regularly at the Bavarian Theater Academy, Munich Germany. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant to lecture at the National University of the Arts in TaipeiTaiwan. He has given lectures or workshop in 19 countries.


Michael has had a 40-year career in theater including owning and operating San Francisco Theatrical Supply, a stage lighting sales and rental company. He has served as Lighting Designers across the USA and for many theater companies in the San Francisco Bay Area of California including the Civic Light Opera Company Broadway by the Bay where he is the resident lighting designer. Examples of his designs have been displayed at two USITT Expositions, a theatre design exhibit at the Trinton Museum San Jose, and at theatrical design exhibitions in Prague and Shanghai.


He has been awarded Outstanding Lighting Design awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Critics Association. Dean Goodman Award and Drama Logue Award. His Articles on lighting techniques have been published in three countries and he has created a computerized software program to aid lighting designers. Professor Ramsaur recently received a Fellowship from the United States Institute for Theater Technology to do an international study of Lighting Design.