Deborra Bergmark Peelor MA, IATSE Local #3

Lighting Designer


Deborra's education in Theatrical Production began when she was a Springdale High School GATE student involved in a Theatre Arts Apprenticeship at Pittsburgh Public Theatre in 1985. She honed her interest in Lighting Design at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Theatre Minor and the Workstudy Theatre Manager. At Edinboro, Deborra Majored in English Literature and Creative Writing, studied much Shakespeare and participated as an Actor in the 1989 Actor's Theatre Festival at Penn State. Post-graduation, Deborra designed in many summer-stock and community theatres, and taught a theatre practicum at Chatham University in 1991. She served as a Designer and Assistant Designer for the Three River's Shakespeare Festival for the University of Pittsburgh in 1992 and 1993, and was awarded an academic scholarship and Graduate Student Assistantship in Lighting Design, completing her MA in Theatre Production at Pitt in 1994. The same year, Deborra became a member of IATSE Local 3, Pittsburgh Stagehands Union. With the Stagehands, Deborra served as Apprentice Committee Chairperson from 2000-2003, scheduling classes in Lighting, Sound, Carpentry, Safety, Rigging, Stewardship and History for over 50 new apprentices. Deborra has taught and worked with students at Point Park University, Seton Hill University, Chatham University, The University of Pittsburgh, and many community centers while designing professionally. Professional Design Experience includes: Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, and TimeSpace Theatre. Deborra has been a Stagehand and Lighting Designer for over 20 years, designing lighting, operating lighting consoles, and working in scene shops and backstage for countless concerts, plays, operas, dance performances and films.


Joined Seton Hill: 2008
Hometown: Mt Lebanon, PA
Personal Areas of Interest: Gardening, Biking, Cooking, Reading, Anything with my Children
Academic Areas of Interest: Theater Lighting Design and Technology


  • AutoCad Drafting and Design, ITT Technical Institute 2009
  • MA. Theatre Production, Lighting Design, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), 1994
  • BA English Literature, Minor Theatre Arts, Edinboro University (Edinboro, PA), 1990


  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Motion Picture Workers of the United States and Canada AFL-CIO-CLC. Local # Three [More Information]


  • IATSE Local #3 Booth Design, USITT 1997, David Lawrence C.C. (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • IATSE Local #3 Kiosk Design AFL-CIO Convention, David Lawrence Convention Center, (Pittsburgh, PA) 2003


  • Lighting Design, "A Christmas Story", Liberty Theatre Company, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, December 2010. [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer, Seton Hill University, "Way of The World" Fall 2010.
  • Lighting Designer, Quantum Theatre, Iron City Brewery 3340 Liberty Avenue. "When the Rain Stops Falling" October 2010. [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer, Seton Hill University, "InDependence" Fall 2010.
  • Mary Miller Dance Company "I Look at you and I See Myself" Space Galleries, Pgh, PA June 2010 [More Information]
  • Seton Hill University "Into the Woods" Fall 2009
  • Lighting Design, "Yerma" Quantum Theatre, Highland and Penn Avenue, (Pittsburgh, PA) 2009. [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer, Pitt Dance Ensemble Spring 2009 [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer "Children of Eden", Seton Hill University Spring 2009.
  • Pre-Rig Electrician, Film. "My Bloody Valentine", Cupid Productions, (Pittsburgh, PA.) [More Information]
  • Assistant Master Electrician, "Metamorphoses" Pittsburgh Public Theatre, (Pittsburgh, PA) 2009 [More Information]
  • Assistant Lighting Designer, "The Grapes of Wrath", Pittsburgh Opera, Benedum Center, (Pittsburgh, PA) 2008. [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer, "Anton in Show Business", Seton Hill University, (Greensburg, PA) 2008
  • IATSE Master Electrician/Crew Head "Titanic, The Exhibition", UPMC Sportsworks, (Pittsburgh, PA), 2008 [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer, "Amalga Motion", University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department/Dance Department, Trees Hall, (Pittsburgh, PA) 2008 [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer, "The Big Bang", Civic Light Opera, The Cabaret, (Pittsburgh, PA) 2008 [More Information]


  • National Safety Council Certification, Lift Truck Operator


  • Lighting Board Operator, Obsession Consoles, Obsession, Expression, Ion and Eos
  • Apprentice Committee Chairperson, IATSE Local #3 2000-2003
  • Journeyman, IATSE Local #3, (Pittsburgh, PA) member 1993-Present
  • Reflections Arts and Education Chairperson, Acmetonia Elementary PTA 2002-2003