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JOHN IACOVELLI is an award-winning design artist, and has always worked on the cutting edge of integrated digital art direction. He won his first Emmy for the A&E broadcast version of the national tour and Broadway production of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby. At age 41, he was awarded the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement in Scenic Design. These honors crown a treasure trove of others earned in past years, among them the Hugo Award, the Sci-Fi Universe Award, the Space Foundation Award, for his production design work on the series Babylon 5, the Backstage West Garland Award, a Bay Area Drama Critics Circle Award and 14 Drama-Logue Awards. He was nominated for the 1997 Excellence in Production Design award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors.
His set designs have appeared in over 200 productions for theater and dance across the nation, from Dallas Theater Center to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, from Pasadena Playhouse to the Kennedy Center, featuring world premiers of major playwrights, and working with major directors, and including his design of The Twilight of The Golds on Broadway. Internationally, he designed Pinter’s A Slight Ache for the Teatro Beckett in Barcelona and Oedipus in Colonus directed by Wole Soyinka for the Cultural Olympiad in Delphi, Greece. He recently designed the Warner Theatricals’ Casablanca, a ballet based on the classic film.
He also designs extensively for television and film. He designed the sets for PBS's The Old Settler, and the series Ripley's Believe it or Not, with Dean Cain, Showtime's Resurrection Blvd. and Worst Case Scenario. He was Art Director for the Disney film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Recent designs include The Book of Daniel starring Aidan Quinn for NBC Primetime.
In addition, he has designed expositions in Europe and Asia (Energyland for the MCA park in Shirahama, Japan). He has served as design consultant for two successful restaurants, The Grand Café in San Francisco and the Warner Brothers-themed WB 16 in Las Vegas. He designed the Hydroponic Lunar Module touring exhibit for NASA, and Maximum Rocket Power Live for Nickelodeon, an X-games exhibition show which will tour 60 arenas nationally.
He received his MFA in Design and Art Direction from New York University and a BA in Theater Arts from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He began teaching in 1989 at University of California, Riverside and is currently professor and head of the MFA design program in the Department of Theater and Dance at University of California, Davis. He is both a TONY and an Emmy voter.