Andrea Bilkey is an associate professor and designer at Texas Tech University. She received an undergraduate degree from Mankato State University, completed an internship at The Juilliard School, and earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Her teaching focus and creative endeavors include: lighting design, sound design, computer drafting and design, technology in the classroom, and technology in the design communication process. Research interests also include the history of theatre lighting and the lighting in gaming.
Andrea has spent over 30 years practicing the art of "theatre making," exploring almost every aspect including performing, dancing, and being a violinist for a number of years with the greater twin cities youth symphonies in Minneapolis before focusing primarily in the areas of design in the early 1990's. She has worked in various capacities at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Madison Rep, Opera Grand Rapids, Madcap Children's Theatre, Northstar Opera Company, the Canadian Arts Alliance, and for a variety of community theatre companies as well as charitable fundraising events.
Early in her appointment at Texas Tech University, Andrea met the multi-faceted artist-in-residence Andy Wilkinson, and has since had the good fortune to collaborate on numerous productions of his work, both established and new. These works have given her the opportunity to work alongside many talented artists including: Barry Corbin, Michael Horse, Red Steagall, Alex Cord, Buck Taylor, Junior Vasquez, Trudy Fair, Lesley Sawyer, Donnie Allison, and Kenny Maines.
Recognitions her work has garnered include ETC's LDI student sponsorship program; Southwest Theatre Association First Place in the field of Lighting Design; USITT's Young Designer's Forum; and a KCACTF Region III Meritorious achievement award for Lighting Design. She has contributed to iSquint.net, has published design work in World Stage Design and TD&T, and is an active member with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and past Vice Commissioner for Communications with the USITT Lighting Commission.
MFA University of Wisconsin, Madison
BS Mankato State University