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Born in Dallas, Texas, John Arnone began his theatrical career as an actor and switched to design in 1976. His designs for Broadway include Turgenyev’s Fortune’s Fool, The Full Monty, Edward Albee’s The Goat, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying directed by Des McAnuff, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Sacrilege with Ellen Burstyn, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Grease! For Tommy Tune, Sex and Longing directed by Garland Wright, The Deep Blue Sea with Blythe Danner, Patio/Porch, Lone Star/Pvt. Wars, Marlene, Minnelli on Minnelli. Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan.
He received two Obies for outstanding excellence and sustained achievement in set designs and the Los Angeles Theater Critics, Dora Mavor Moore, Outer Critics Circle, American Theater Wing, Drama Desk and Tony Awards for The Who’s Tommy. The Who’s Tommy also was nominated for an Olivier award.
Arnone’s work has been seen at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, ACT, the Globe and La Jolla Playhouse as well as in productions in London, Vienna, Frankfurt, Berlin and Prague. He also designed the recent productions of Albee’s The Play About the Baby and Tiny Alice.
Artemis was Arnone’s first work for American Ballet Theatre.