Award-winning designer Santo Loquasto will visit the campus of DeSales University at 4 PM on Thursday, March 24, 2011 for “An Afternoon with Santo Loquasto.” The event, to take place in the Schubert Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, is part of the ongoing guest artist series of the Division of Performing Arts.
Hosted by the resident design faculty in the Theatre Department at DeSales, Mr. Loquasto will be featured in an informal forum with design, film, and dance students discussing his professional journey and his career as one of the world’s most in-demand designers for theatre, dance, and cinema.
“For many years, thanks to the generous support of our Arts Angels, we’ve been able to treat our students to visits from some wonderful performers from the world of theatre, dance, television and film, so I’m particularly happy that Santo Loquasto has accepted our invitation to come to campus,” says John Bell, head of the Division of Performing Arts. “He is a designer of enormous talent at the top of his game. I am sure that his visit will prove very inspirational to our design students in particular”
Santo Loquasto has been working as a designer and production designer for theatre, ballet, and film for nearly five decades. He has worked on more than 70 Broadway productions either as a scenic or costume designer, frequently both, including such premiere productions as “Race,” “Movin’ Out,” “Fosse,” “Ragtime,” and major revivals including “110 in the Shade,” “American Buffalo,” “Fences,” and “Inherit the Wind.” Film credits include “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Big,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and “Bright Lights, Big City.” He has received 15 Tony Award nominations for his work as either costume or scenic designer and has won three times. He has also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design three times and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design once. Mr. Loquasto has been a production designer for many of Woody Allen’s films and has been nominated for the Academic Award for his design for “Bullets Over Broadway” and “Radio Days” and for his costume design for “Zelig.” He has a B.A. in English literature from King’s College in Pennsylvania and he got his start as a designer at the Showcase Theatre in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
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