Glen Thoreson

  • Theatre
Thoreson, Glen

"In experiencing the renewal fellowship, I have reawakened an ability to step beyond areas where I am expert and rekindle the sort of wonderful fear that students feel when approaching a new subject or task."

As a theater technician, carpenter and props artisan, Glen yearned to step beyond theatrical set building and learn and study woodworking techniques to create vessels, an interest he had for years but lacked the time to devote to its pursuit. Glen took classes in woodworking at the Indianapolis Art Center. To further his study, he traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit the Smithsonian Museum and to Boston to visit the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. He gained inspiration from the museums and developed a love of Asian ceramics. He also found time to visit theatres and reconnect with past students and colleagues.

As a result of his fellowship, Glen gained a new appreciation and understanding for woodturning and how it connects to other disciplines like pottery, ceramics, and glass blowing. "I'll take forward a set of tools, equipment, and supplies that will let me explore those forms and help me draw those connections between forms."


  • Technical Director, Butler University Theatre Department, 15 years
  • Recipient, Cultural Vision Award, NUVO Newsweekly, Butler University Theatre Department, 2002
  • Butler University Theatre Department was one of six universities to perform at the Kennedy Center as finalists in the American College Theatre Festival, April 2000
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