James Eddy is an assistant teaching professor in drama/theatre in the Department of Humanities and Arts. He gained experience in acting and directing, as well as lighting, scenic, and production design, at venues such as the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., the Academy Theatre in Atlanta, Ga., and the Dallas Theatre Center, and he also has considerable academic theatre experience. He says his guiding interest is in how to use developing forms of technology to serve the artistic goals of a theatre production as expressed by the playwright, the director, and the designer. This interest was reflected in his thesis project at the Trinity University at the Dallas Theater Center, where he earned an MFA in theatre. In that project he studied the ways that a designer can contribute to the relationship between the actor and the environmental and visual contexts of a production setting.