Professor Blakeley teaches courses in scene design, lighting design, stagecraft, and Theatre Context, the capstone class for theatre majors. In addition to designing sets and lights for more than 50 plays during his thirty years at Le Moyne, Karel has also designed sets (and sometimes lights) for Gifford Family Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse University, Syracuse Shakespeare Festival, University of Maine, University of Hartford in Connecticut, Lake Erie College in Ohio, and at the University of Toronto in Canada (as a part of their medieval theatre festivals).
His scenic designs for Simply New Theatre earned him a Syracuse-area theatre (S.A.L.T.) award. He has delivered numerous design presentations to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. Karel initiated and edited Projects for Teaching Scene Design: A Compendium, which has been published by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).
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