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Joe Varga
Scenic Designer

3001 Stratton Way # 206
Madison, WI 53719
608.848.6988 studio
608.263.3358 office

Professional Design (selected credits):

Actors Theatre of Louisville
The Play's the Thing, directed by Patrick Henry
The Shadow Box, directed by Michael Hankins

Actor's Holiday, Inc., New York
Two on the Isles, directed by Jerome Martin/ Kathleen Huber

Alabama Shakespeare Festival
The All Night Strut, directed by Darwin Knight
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Bill Gregg
Crimes of the Heart, directed by Robert Hall

American Ensemble Company, New York
The World is Made of Glass, directed by Robert Petito
Dorian, directed by Robert Petito

American Players Theatre, Spring Green, Wisconsin
A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by David Frank
Othello, directed by Joseph Hanreddy

Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge MA
Macbeth, directed by Eric Hill
The Einstein Project, directed by Eric Hill
A Man For All Seasons, directed by Richard Corley
Educating Rita, directed by Richard Corley

Bristol Riverside Theatre, Pennsylvania.
Happy Ending, written and directed by Garson Kanin
The Robber Bridegroom, directed by Peter Webb
The Philadelphia Story, directed by Peter Webb

Candlewood Playhouse, New Fairfield, Connecticut
Ain't Broadway Grand, directed by Drew Scott Harris
Damn Yankees, directed by Tee Scatuorchio
The Mikado, directed by Drew Scott Harris
The Rocky Horror Show, directed by Drew Scott Harris
Oliver! , directed by Christopher Catt
Nine, directed by Lynette Barkley

Capital Rep, Albany
The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Belch, directed by Steve Rothman

Carousel Dinner Theatre, Ohio
Meet Me in St. Louis, directed by Joseph Patton
Anything Goes, directed by Joseph Patton
Sweet Charity, directed by Joseph Patton
Camelot, directed by Joseph Patton
Evita, directed by Joseph Patton
My One and Only, directed by Joseph Patton

Cincinnati Playhouse
The Royal Family, directed by John Going
The Man Who Came to Dinner, directed by Edward Berkeley
Jacques Brel..., directed by Worth Gardner

Colorado Shakespeare Festival
As You Like It , directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb
The Merchant of Venice, directed by Tom Markus
King Lear, directed by Elizabeth Huddle
Queen Margaret, directed by Tom Markus
Romeo and Juliet, directed by Henry Godinez
Troilus and Cressida, directed by Tom Markus

Cumberland County Playhouse, Tennessee
Cats, directed by Stephanie Lang
The Secret Garden, directed by Abigail Crabtree
Oklahoma! , directed by Abigail Crabtree
Peter Pan, directed by James Crabtree

Dartmouth Summer Rep
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, directed by Jerry Zaks
Arms and the Man, directed by Errol Hill
Misalliance, directed by Bonnie Eckard
Eastern Standard, directed by Robert Brewer
West Side Story, directed by Neal Kenyon
The Lady's Not for Burning, directed by Rod Alexander
The Country Wife, directed by Geoffrey Sherman
Twelfth Night, directed by Robert Morgan
Death Takes a Holiday, directed by Richard Owen Geer

Delaware Theatre Company
1918 (by Horton Foote), directed by Cleveland Morris

Equity Library Theatre, New York
Bells Are Ringing, directed by Charles Abbott
The Devils' Disciple, directed by Bob Barton

Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Atlanta
The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Tom Markus
Troilus and Cressida, directed by Tom Markus

GeVa Theatre, Rochester
Peccadillo (by Garson Kanin), directed by Steve Rothman

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre
The Three Sisters, directed by Tom Markus

LaMama Cabaret, New York
Two Men Dance the Tango, directed by Tom Judson

Madison Repertory Theatre
Bus Stop, directed by Trevin Gay
Permanent Collection, directed by Richard Corley
The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray
Home, directed by Ron OJ Parson
Talley’s Folly, directed by Richard Corley
The Price, directed by Richard Corley
A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by Richard Corley
The Recruiting Officer, directed by Joseph Hanreddy

Maine State Music Theatre
The Secret Garden, directed by Charles Abbott

Manhattan Punch Line, New York
An Italian Straw Hat, directed by Steve Kaplan

Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Massachusetts
Sizwe Bansi is Dead, directed by Tom Markus

Milwaukee Repertory Theater
A Delicate Balance, directed by Edward Morgan
The Weir, directed by Edward Morgan
The Glass Menagerie, directed by Paul Barnes
The Turn of the Screw, directed by Cynthia White
You Can't Take It With You, directed by John Dillon

Nevada Conservatory Theatre, UNLV
The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Paul Barnes
The Gamester, directed by Michael Lugering
Cinderella (R&H musical), directed by Robert Brewer
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Robert Brewer

Players Theatre, Columbus
Driving Miss Daisy, directed by Luke Yankee

Playwrights Horizons, New York
Heat of Re-Entry, directed by Lev Schekhtman

St. Bart's Players, New York
Hello Dolly, directed by Peter Webb
Fiorello! , directed by Peter Webb

SoHo Repertory Theatre, New York
One Fine Day, directed by Tazewell Thompson
The Idol Makers, directed by Marlene Swartz
The Mandrake, directed by Anthony Bowles

StageArts, Inc., New York
Pigeons on the Walk, directed by Nell Robinson
Divine Fire, directed by Nell Robinson

Stamford Theatreworks, Connecticut
The Guardsman, directed by Susie Fuller/ Keir Dullea

Steve McGraw's Cabaret, New York
Showing Off, directed by Michael Leeds

Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo
Twelfth Night, directed by David Frank

Theatre Virginia, Richmond
Lend Me a Tenor, directed by George Black
She Stoops to Conquer, directed by Terry Burgler
My Fair Lady, directed by Terry Burgler

University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Clarence Brown Theatre
Dracula, Prince of the Dark (premiere), directed by Albert James Harris

Virginia Museum Theatre, Richmond
Private Lives, directed by Tom Markus
Macbeth, directed by Tom Markus and Terry Burgler
Mother Courage, directed by Tom Markus
The Father, directed by Tom Markus
Ghosts, directed by Tom Markus
The Hiding Place, starring and directed by Alfred Drake
The Second Man, directed by Judith Haskell
The Fourposter, directed by Terry Burgler

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
Isn’t it Romantic, directed by Tom Markus
The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue, directed by Tom Markus

University Theatre, University of Wisconsin-Madison:
  The Arabian Nights, directed by Norma Saldivar
Pride and Prejudice, directed by Barbara Clayton
Zastrozzi, directed by Tony Simotes
Les Blancs, directed by Tim Bond
The Mikado, directed by David Furumoto
The Bacchae (Wole Soyinka), directed by Femi Osofisan
Talley's Folly, directed by Barbara Clayton
Orestes (Charles Mee), directed by Phillip Zarrilli
Guys and Dolls, directed by John Staniunas
Hello Dolly, directed by John Staniunas
My Fair Lady, directed by John Staniunas
Assassins, directed by Tamara Blackmer
Iphigenia (Euripedes), directed by Karen Ryker
Prelude to a Kiss, directed by Robert Skloot
Etta Jenks, directed by Jill Dolan
Ballet and Opera:
  Cincinnati Ballet
Les Sylphides, staged by Frederic Franklin
The Nutcracker, Act II , staged by Frederic Franklin

KMC Productions, Wisconsin Labor Historical Society / AFL-CIO
Esperanza (opera premiere), directed by Norma Saldivar

Madison Ballet
The Nutcracker, choreography by W. Earle Smith

Opera Theatre, University of Northern Colorado
Madama Butterfly, directed by Richard Owen Geer

Opera Theatre, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Turn of the Screw, directed by Brian Bizzell
The Ballad of Baby Doe, directed by Christine Seitz

Epic Systems, Inc. - Verona, Wisconsin
Judy Faulkner, CEO
Thematic décor (New York, New York) for Building # 5, new campus

Estee Lauder, Inc. - New York
Industrial show based on The Wizard of Oz, in the Guggenheim Museum theatre, directed by Peter Webb/ William Fleet Lively

  Broadcast Arts Production Company, New York
Client: HBO Cinemax: Vandemonium, written by and starring Ann Magnuson, directed by Stephen Oakes, cinematography by Thomas Sigel

Client: HBO Cinemax: Norman's Corner, starring Gilbert Gottfried, directed by Peter Rosenthal

Client: Disney Enterprises, Television Division: Mowgli and Friends, design development, directed by Peter Rosenthal

Sitcom development: Big Money, directed by Peter Rosenthal
Professional Affiliations:

membership in Set Designer and Scenic Artist categories

The national association of design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry

Academic Affiliation:
  University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Emeritus, Department of Theatre and Drama
Professor of Scenic Design 1991 – 2011
  Temple University, Philadelphia
Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design

University of California at Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts, Art History
  File updated: 02/28/12, 01:55 PM EST
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