Professor of Theatre & Dance
John Iacovelli, an Emmy Award-winning artist, teaches in the MFA design program of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Professor Iacovelli has designed more than 200 productions at theaters across the nation, including the critically acclaimed, TONY-nominated Broadway revival of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Iacovelli the coveted 2001 prime-time Emmy Award for his art direction of the A&E broadcast of Peter Pan. He also designed The Twilight of The Godson 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. Recent designs include The Book of Daniel starring Aidan Quinn for NBC Primetime and Warner Theatricals’ Casablanca, a ballet based on the classic film.
He has designed for the Pasadena Playhouse, the American Conservatory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, the Magic Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, and South Coast Repertory, among others. The winner of the 2001 Bob Z Award for Lifetime Achievement in Set Design, presented by the LA Drama Critics Circle, Iacovelli has also won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, a Bay Area Drama Critics Circle Award and the Backstage West Garland Award, plus fourteen Drama-Logue Awards. He recently received the 2012 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Set Design.
In addition to his theater work, Iacovelli is a television and film production designer and art director for such shows as Ed, Babylon 5, The Cosby Show, Resurrection Blvd., and the films Honey, I Shrunk the Kidsand Ruby in Paradise. He works on the cutting edge of integrated digital art direction and was nominated for the 1997 Excellence in Production Design award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors. He is both a TONY and an Emmy voter. He holds an MFA in Scenic Design and Art Direction from New York University.