Madeleine Borg, 2013 graduate wrote, “Steve was one of the most selfless and inspiring people I have ever met. He always put his students first and believed in us even when we were at our lowest point. He will always be the part of us that pushes us to achieve what we thought was impossible.”
A 2011 graduate added, “We lost not just a professor, mentor, and friend; Steve had more to share as an amazing human than merely lighting theatre. ‘Learning to light is learning to see,’ he told his students. We all see life more beautifully because of you, Steve.”
Senior lighting design major, Emily Maddox, wrote, “As you know, light travels faster than any other thing in the known universe, it gives us and our planet life, and it is an incredible source of energy. It is fitting then, that someone with such energy, someone so bright and full of life and warmth as you should become a lighting designer — literally controlling and directing one of the most important elements to life and our existence here on earth. And it is perhaps even more fitting that you should become a teacher, because light inspires growth in all living things it shines on.” The many students that were lucky enough to study with Professor Draheim over the years are his legacy and his gifted design talents will live on through them.
In addition to teaching, Steve served the University on the Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee, design and production area coordinator, various search committees, the season selection committee and as a representative on student recruitment events.
Formally trained as a scenographer, Professor Draheim’s contributions to university theatre are too numerous to list. But some of his highlights and personal favorites include his lighting designs for Hamlet, Sunday in the Park with George, RENT, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and his final design, implemented by student Brad Grey, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.