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I started my professional theatre career at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. I was awarded a McKnight Fellowship in scenic design and was immediately made the prop master for Seasons 2 and 3. During Season 4 I was upgraded to full designer and designed sets for S.S. GLENCAIRN (the four O'Neill sea plays). During Season 5 I designed sets and costumes for THE SHOEMAKER'S HOLIDAY. in 1978 I designed sets for THE RIVALS.

At the end of Season 5 I married Yvonne Bronowicz, who had been the design coordinator for the theatre and we decided to spend 9 months traveling in Europe, seeing theatre, art, and museums. Our return left us in New York, where she worked for Ray Diffen's Costume and I spent the better part of 8 years at the Metropolitan Opera as a scenic artist.

During our New York stay I assisted Jo Meilziner on two shows (one for which I designed the lighting) did three off-broadway productions, and two Broadway productions (LADIE'S NIGHT and OH! CALCUTTA). I also left New York for 9 months to design sets and costume at the Seattle Repertory.

In 1976 I was offered the position of Resident Designer for the Minneapolis Children's Theatre and designed four seasons before deciding to move my family to Los Angeles and try my hand at Art Direction for Television or Film.