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Celebrated Scenic Designers Join School of the Arts

Date Released: 9/21/2010

Scenic designers Santo Loquasto and Karl Eigsti are joining the Conservatory of Theatre Arts as visiting artists within the BFA and MFA Design/Technology programs. Click for details.

Celebrated scenic designers Santo Loquasto and Karl Eigsti will join the Conservatory of Theatre Arts in the School of the Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York, this year. Loquasto and Eigsti will serve as visiting artists within the college's BFA and MFA Design/Technology programs. Eigsti will be teaching scenic design to undergraduate seniors and graduate students, while Loquasto will be leading an advanced scene design seminar.


A veteran of Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre, Karl Eigsti is the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award, the Joseph Maharam Award, the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award, a USITT Lifetime Achievement Award, a Tony Award® nomination, and was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 2005. His Broadway scenic design credits include original productions of Grease, Yentl, Knockout, Eubie!, Cold Storage, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and his work has been featured in exhibits and retrospectives around the country. He is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University.


Eigsti's connection to Design/Technology at Purchase dates back to the program's early days. "I'm happy to return to Purchase, where I taught briefly in the early 1980's," he noted--"Billy Mintzer, the founder of the Design/Tech program, was a friend and collaborator and it is gratifying to see his vision of theater design education moving on into the future." 


As a designer in theatre, dance, opera, and film, Santo Loquasto's highly distinguished career has included extensive work with American Ballet Theatre and the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and scenic and costume design credits for a host of major theatrical productions, including That Championship Season, Short Eyes, American Buffalo, Bent, Lost in Yonkers, The Goodbye Girl, Grand Hotel, Ragtime, Fosse, Race, and Collected Stories. He is the recipient of three Tony Awards® and four Drama Desk awards. In addition, he has earned three Oscar® nominations as a production and costume designer for such films as Zelig, Radio Days, Desperately Seeking Susan, Bullets over Broadway, and Mighty Aphrodite. In 2004, he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.


"Santo and Karl bring a wealth of expertise and experience in all aspects of theatrical design that will prove to be invaluable for our students and our program," said Ken Tabachnick, Dean of the School of the Arts. Both Loquasto and Eigsti are "stars in their field," according to Purchase College Provost Damian Fernandez. "The nationally recognized excellence of our Design/Technology program is sure to be further enhanced by this addition." 


Purchase College, State University of New York, is a major institution of higher education encompassing the liberal arts and sciences, professional training in the visual and performing arts, and continuing education and liberal studies, along with the Neuberger Museum of Art and The Performing Arts Center. Alumni of the Purchase College Design/Technology program include designers Brian MacDevitt, David Grill, David Gallo, Jason Lyons, and Patrick Fahey.