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Deborra Bergmark Peelor MA, IATSE Local #3
Joined Seton Hill
Mt Lebanon, PA
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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. She has also researched the 120 year history of Pittsburgh Stagehands, and plans to someday compile that rich history into a book. Deborra has been a Stagehand and Lighting Designer for over 20 years.


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


  • USITT United States Institute of Theatre Technology [More Information]
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Motion Picture Workers of the United States and Canada AFL-CIO-CLC. Local #3 [More Information]


  • Multimedia Presentation "Entartete Kunst" (Degenerate Art) exhibition. In cooperation with The Seton Hill National Catholic Center for the Holocaust, the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum , The Seton Hill University Music Department and The Seton Hill Theatre Arts Department. Uncut Footage from Julien Bryan's documentary "Entarte Kunst". Black and white Documentary shown concurrent with Color Slideshow of modernist art. Music Courtesy of Dr. Curt Scheib, Chair of Seton Hill Music Department and Nancy Rubenstein Messham (recording of 2009 concert). Archived at the Seton Hill University Holocaust Center. Presented in the Lobby of The Seton Hill Performing Arts Center at preshow and Intermission during performances of Cabaret. 2011 [More Information]
  • Ohio Valley USITT Conference at Allegheny College Vukovich Center for Communication Arts in Meadville, PA Fall 2011 Co-Presenter with Annemarie Duggan (University of Pittsburgh) "The Use of Story-booking and Blogging as teaching/design tools. [More Information]
  • USITT Ezekiel Awards Exhibit 2012 [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 with Seton Hill University: Seton Hill University Dance Academy Spring 2015 "Cloud 9" Fall 2014 "BatBoy" 2012 "Frogs" Fall 2012 "Neighborhood 3" Fall 2011 "Way of The World" Fall 2010 "InDependence" Fall 2010. "Into the Woods" Fall 2009 "Children of Eden" 2008 "Anton in Show Business" 2008
  • Lighting and Projection Design Spring Dance Concert Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center Spring 2014
  • Lighting Design "Cabaret" with Multimedia Preshow Presentation Spring 2011 Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center [More Information]
  • Lighting and Projection Designer "Comedy of Errors" Fall 2013 Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center
  • Lighting Design for Quantum Theatre (1993-2008) "The Trap" 1993 "Knives in Hens" 1999 "Polygraph" 1996 "Cloud Tectonics" 1997 "Antony and Cleopatra"1998 "Yerma" 2007 [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer, Pitt Dance Ensemble Spring Concert 2009-2015 [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer for Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center: "Beauty and The Beast" Fall 2011 "The Odd Couple" Liberty Theatre Summer 2012 "Picnic" Fall 2011 "Beauty and The Beast" Fall 2011 "A Christmas Story" December 2010 [More Information]
  • Production Design Mary Miller Dance Company "I Look at you and I See Myself" Space Galleries, Pgh, PA June 2010 [More Information]
  • Lighting and Projection Designer, Quantum Theatre, Iron City Brewery 3340 Liberty Avenue. "When the Rain Stops Falling" October 2010. [More Information]
  • Assistant Lighting Designer for Pittsburgh Opera (1997-2008): "The Grapes of Wrath" 2008 "A Midsummer Nights Dream" 2003 "Elektra" 2003 "La Boheme" 2003 "Elektra" 2003 "Lucia di Lammermoore" 2002 "Cenerentola" 2002 "Salome" 2001 "Street Scene" 2002 "Don Giovanni" 2001 "Tosca" 1999 "Il Travatore" 1999 "Werther" 1999 "Andrea Chenier" 1998 L'eliser d'amore 1998 "Rigoletto" 1998 "La Boheme" 1998 [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer, "The Big Bang", Civic Light Opera, The Cabaret, (Pittsburgh, PA) 2008 [More Information]
  • Scenic Design "Cloud Tectonics" Quantum Theatre 1997 [More Information]
  • Lighting Designer "I Capuleti e I Montecchi" Pittsburgh Opera 1998
  • Lighting Design "Woijeck" Time Space Theatre 1997
  • Lighting Design for City Theatre: "A Clockwork Orange" 1998 "Happy Days" 1997 "Ten Fingers" 1998
  • Pre Rig Electrician "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" by Michael Chabon Rankin Mill Kerry Furnace Location 2007 [More Information]
  • Pre-Rig Electrician, Film. "My Bloody Valentine", Cupid Productions, (Pittsburgh, PA.) 2006 [More Information]
  • Lighting Design "The Millennium Musical" Reduced Shakespeare Company Pittsburgh Public Theatre 1998
  • Production Scenic and Lighting Design "Fright Nite" Phipps Conservatory 1992
  • Lighting Designer "Chandalika" Classical Indian Ballet Kamala Reddy Byham Theatre 1998
  • Lighting Design "A Midsummer Nights Dream" Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival Tour 1993


  • Lighting and Projection Design Review for "When The Rain Stops Falling" [More Information]
  • Adjunct Professor Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center 2011. Created Curriculum and Taught AP Costume Design, AP Lighting Design, AP Scene Design, AP Scenic Production, Stagecraft I, and Stagecraft II. [More Information]
  • Apprentice Committee Chairperson, IATSE Local #3 2000-2003
  • Journeyman, IATSE Local #3, (Pittsburgh, PA) member 1993-Present