F. Randy deCelle

F. Randy deCelle

Associate Chair of Theatre
Head of Design and Technical Production
Associate Professor


  • MFA, The University of Alabama
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Auburn University

Research Areas

  • Automation
  • Technical Production


Specializing in technical production and entertainment automation, Randy joined the UA faculty after working professionally with Fisher Technical Services in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he continues to work as a consultant and designer.

Prior to Fisher, he was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign serving as the Chair of Scenic Technology, where he was responsible for the graduate and undergraduate programs in Technical Direction. While there he consulted on the World Premiere of Mikel Rouse’s The End of Cinematics and served as the Technical Director/Designer for Ralph Lemon’s World Premiere of Come Home Charley Patton.

He is an active member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and served as the Digital Media and Technology Coordinator for the United States entries into the 2007 Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture in the Czech Republic. He is also a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers.

Representative Publications & Creative Works

Prof. deCelle was responsible for automation design on numerous projects, including

  • Celine Dion’s Return to Las Vegas
  • Shrek the Musical at Drury Lane Theatre, London
  • The World of Color and Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park
  • Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark on Broadway
  • The Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle in New York City