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Name: Salzer, Clarence "Beeb"

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Beeb Salzer (Clarence M. Salzer) is an artist, designer of theatre, film and commercial productions, writer, producer, theatre consultant, owner of Salzer Design, and professor emeritus of Theatre, Television and Film at San Diego State University. Salzer graduated from Yale University with a BA in 1955, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 1960. In 1958, Salzer served as a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Santiago and the University of Chile in Chile, and the following year at the University of Panama under a State Department grant. From 1966 through 1980, Salzer served as an associate professor at different universities in New York. In 1982 he became a professor of Theatre, Television and Film at San Diego State University where he is now a professor emeritus following his 2008 retirement.

Salzer designed sets and costumes for countless productions including Madame Butterfly, Teible and her Demon, and Don Pasquale. One of his most celebrated contributions to stage production are his scenic designs for the Blatimore New York City productions of The Saint of Bleeker Street.

Salzer has written numerous articles on theatre and design. His writing has been regularly published since the 1970s, including a regular column in Lighting Dimensions Magazine, leading him to publish The Skeptical Scenographer: Essays on Theatrical Design and Human Nature in 1995.

Though his career was in theatre, Salzer is first and foremost, an artist. His scene designs are beautiful works of art, and he additionally painted many other subjects. He has had art shows throughout the United States and South America over the course of his career, and has been featured on the covers of various publications.

Salzer has received awards for both his set designs and for his writing. He is a five-time awardee of The Herbert Greggs Award for the Best Article of the Year in Theatre Design and Technology.

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