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Ben Golden

Associate Teaching Professor
Theatre Arts
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Specialty area(s)

Lighting Design and Technology, Sound Design and Technology, Projection Design, Theatre Technology, Sustainability in the Arts, Carpentry

Brief biography

Ben Golden is a Lecturer in the department of Theatre Arts and serves as the Lighting and Sound Supervisor.  His lighting and sound designs have been seen in professional theatres throughout the midwest, including the Children’s Theatre of Madison, Music Theatre of Madison, Nova Theatre Company, and Heartland Theatre Festival. He has also served as a guest designer at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Viterbo University, Cardinal Stritch University and St. Olaf College. As a master electrician, he has worked with the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, and Theatre Lila. He is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

Current courses at UWL

FYS 100 - First Year Seminar (Our Stuff: Design, Technology and Craftsmanship in the Age of Ikea)

THA 260 - Theatre Practicum

THA 360 - Theatre Practicum

THA 481 - Independent Study



Master of Fine Arts (MFA) - Lighting Design
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Theatrical Design and Production, American Studies
St. Olaf College


Teaching history

FYS 100 - First Year Seminar (Our Stuff: Design, Technology and Craftsmanship in the Age of Ikea)

UWL 100 - First Year Seminar

THA 110 - Theatre Appreciation

THA 342 - Sound Design and Engineering 

THA 481 - Independent Study

THA 482 - Special Topics - Advanced Lighting and Sound

THA 490 - Senior Capstone

Research and publishing

Areas of research interest:

Environmental Sustainability in the Arts

The Teaching of Craft and Hand-Work in the Liberal Arts

Problem Based Learning in Theatre Design Pedagogy



Joseph Anderson, Michelle Collyar, Benjamin Golden, Amanda Kolbe, Mary Leonard, Kathryn Link, Kathryn Moran and Megan Morey, all Theatre Arts, presented "Little Women" at Toland Theatre on Feb. 28 in La Crosse. The Department of Theatre Arts produced the musical, Little Women, in the Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts February 28-March 1 & March 5-8, 2020. Theatre faculty included: Mary Leonard (director), Kathryn Moran (musical director), Joseph Anderson (costume designer), Michelle Collyar (costume supervisor), Ben Golden (lighting designer), Megan Morey (scenic designer/technical director), Kathryn Link (scene shop supervisor/assistant technical director), and Amanda Kolbe (props designer/scenic artist).

Submitted on: Mar. 9, 2020



Ashley Edwards, Communication Studies; Margot Higgins, Environmental Studies; Hongying Xu, Global Cultures & Languages; Grace Deason, Psychology; and Benjamin Golden, Theatre Arts; received a CASSH Small Grant. They have been awarded a CASSH equity gap grant for “Effective Dissemination of the CASSH R&R Committee’s Report." The goal of this project is to disseminate information from the CASSH Recruitment & Retention Committee Report in a way that maximizes its impact on recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students in CASSH. Their grant allows them to pay an undergraduate student artist to create a series of infographics that will convey the information from the report in an interpretable and engaging manner.

Submitted on: Mar. 4, 2020



Joseph Anderson, Benjamin Golden, Amanda Kolbe, Mary Leonard, Kathryn Link and Megan Morey, all Theatre Arts, served as the creative team for the UWL Theatre production of Church and State by Jason Odell Williams. Mary Leonard, director; Joe Anderson , costume/makeup designer; Ben Golden, scenic & lighting designer; Megan Morey, sound designer; Katie Link, technical director; and Mandy Kolbe props designer.

Submitted on: Nov. 7, 2019



Joseph Anderson, Benjamin Golden, Laurie Kincman, Mary Leonard and Kathryn Moran, all Theatre Arts, presented "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at UW-La Crosse on Sept. 6, 2019 in Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts. Faculty from the Department of Theatre Arts collaborated on the encore performance of the SummerStage production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Faculty served as followed: Mary Leonard (director), Kathryn Moran (music director), Joe Anderson (costume designer), Ben Golden (scenic/lighting designer and technical director), and Laurie Kincman (stage manager).

Submitted on: Sept. 11, 2019