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Santo Loquasto


Biography

Santo Loquasto is a designer for dance, theatre, and film. Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove marked the beginning of his relationship with American Ballet Theatre. For his work with ABT he has also collaborated with choreographers Jerome Robbins, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kenneth MacMillan, Agnes de Mille, and Mark Morris. As designer for the Paul Taylor Dance Company he has designed such works as Speaking in Tongues, Spindrift, Company B, and Funny Papers. For the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, San Francisco Ballet, and the Hubbard Street Dance Company he has designed the works of choreographer James Kudelka.

In 1989, he won both the Tony and Drama Desk awards for his set design of the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Cafe Crown, and, in 1990, he again won both the Tony and Drama Desk awards for his costume design for Grand Hotel. He received his first Tony in 1977 for costume designs for The Cherry Orchard. For other work in the theatre, he has received an Obie, the Joseph Maharam Award, and both Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desks awards. Other productions for which his set designs have received Tony nominations are That Championship Season, What the Wine-Sellers Buy, The Cherry Orchard, American Buffalo, The Suicide, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Glengarry Glen Ross. For film, Loquasto has received Academy Award nominations for his production design for Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway and Radio Days, and for his costume design for Allen’s Zelig. Other film credits include Desperately Seeking Susan, Big, Crimes and Misdemeanors and Husbands and Wives.