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Joe Burke is a Chicago based artist, designer, and content creator specializing in lighting and projection design for live performance. Graduating from Kent State University with his Bachelor of Arts degree and furthering his education with an Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; has propelled his work across a multitude of different projects and art forms. His work-flow is organic in nature, growing and changing as a facet of the storytelling process. As an artist he molds his work to match the desired esthetic of the project, working as a open minded collaborator, offering his experience to others and inviting others to influence his artistry. Having worked on a range of productions, he finds that his artistry is developed through the experience and collaborative nature of design. From large productions to small intimate projects each performance has a story to tell.  

Joe's work has been seen with:  A-squared Theatre Workshop, Case Western Reserve University, Chamber Opera Chicago, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, Cleveland Public Theatre, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Imagine Exhibitions Incorporated, Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, North Park University Opera, Northwestern University, Paramount Theatre, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Theatre Wit!, The House Theatre of Chicago, The Poetry Foundation, The Yard, Third Coast Percussion, Travesty Dance Group, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Steep Theatre, and Writers' Theatre. 


Recipient: Joseph Jefferson Award
Elf The Musical
Projection Design
Paramount Theatre

Nominee: Joseph Jefferson Award
Women Laughing Alone With Salad
Projection Design
Theater Wit!

Nominee: Joseph Jefferson Award
Projection Design
Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Recipient: The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival - Region 3
Theatrical Design Excellence - Lighting Design

Entertainment in the Arts Certificate Program
Automated Lighting

Entertainment in the Arts Certificate Program
Stage Lighting


Master of Fine Arts
Illinois Theatre
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Bachelor of Arts - Theatre Studies
School of Theatre and Dance
Kent State University