Michael Locher

locherOffice: HGH 213
Phone: (408) 924-4552


Michael Locher is a scenic designer with deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and theatre experience across the country. He teaches courses in scenic design and costume design, as well as general theater history and theory.

Professor Locher is honored to be designing the scenery for Playing with Fire, an adaptation of Frankenstein produced in celebration of the novel’s 2018 bicentennial by the world renowned Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, directed by Rob Melrose. He also designed the scenery for the critically acclaimed Black Odyssey (Cal Shakes), directed by Eric Ting, returning to the stage in September 2018 after a record-breaking 2017 debut.

His other national credits include productions for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Rep, Centerstage (Baltimore), Yale Repertory Theater, Urban Arias (Washington DC), Adirondack Theater Festival, American Conservatory Theater (ACT), the Playwrights Realm and numerous Off-Broadway and regional New York Area productions.

Locally, his work includes numerous designs for Cal Shakes, the Magic Theater, Marin Theater Company, Center Rep and the Cutting Ball, where he is a longtime artistic associate and resident designer.

Professor Locher also works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, specializing in artwork for theater companies and related organizations. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego (Stewart Prize in the Theater) and the Yale School of Drama (Donald Oenslager Scholarship in Stage Design), he currently lives in San Leandro with his wife and two daughters.