An outstanding costume and scenic designer who freely moves between stage and feature work, Santo Loquasto studied first at Kings College in his native Wilkes-Barre, PA, and then at Yale, where he earned an MFA. His first professional designs were for productions at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival. Loquasto has designed costumes for ballets at the American Ballet Theatre, served as resident designer at several major theaters (Arena Stage in Washington, DC, the Hartford Stage Company and the New York Shakespeare Festival). Among his more notable designs were Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning "That Championship Season" (1972), David Mamet's "American Buffalo" (1977), the New York Shakespeare Festival's acclaimed version of "The Cherry Orchard" (also 1977), the stage version of "Singin' in the Rain" (1985), Tommy Tune's musicalization of "Grand Hotel" (1989, costumes only), and Neil Simon's Pulitzer-winner "Lost in Yonkers" (1993). Loquasto has won three Tony Awards for his work.
Loquasto began working in features in 1979 with "Sammy Stops the World," an adaptation of the Anthony Newley-Leslie Bricusse musical "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off," starring Sammy Davis Jr. In 1980, he began a long collaboration with director Woody Allen by providing the costumes for "Stardust Memories." The designer earned Oscar nominations for his work on three subsequent Allen films: the costumes for "Zelig" (1983) and the opulently detailed period production design on "Radio Days" (1987) and "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994). Loquasto has also designed Penny Marshall's "Big" (1988) and two features for Susan Seidelman, the contemporary "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985) and the extravagant "She-Devil" (1989).
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Fashioned his first sets (for "Picnic" and "Gigi") and also acted at Ross Common Playhouse in the Poconos (date approximate)
First professional designs created for productions at Williamstown Theatre in Williamstown, Massachusetts
Designed costumes for American Ballet Theatre
Spent three seasons as principal designer with Hartford Stage Company
Off-Broadway debut (April 1) with "The Unseen Hand" and "Forensic and the Navigator"
Became principal designer for the New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF)
Resident designer with the Arena Stage in Washington, DC
First Broadway productions: "Sticks and Bones" (March 1) and "That Championship Season" (September 14), both plays had originated at NYSF before transferring to Broadway
Designed set for "La Dafne" for the New York Pro Musica at Spoleto Festival
First film as set and costume designer, "Sammy Stops the World", and adaptation of stage musical "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off" starring Sammy Davis Jr
First collaboration with Woody Allen, designed costumes for "Stardust Memories"
Earned first Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design for Allen's "Zelig"
Created costumes for two ballets presented on "Baryshnikov by Tharp with the American Ballet" (PBS)
First collaboration with director Susan Seidelman, was production designer on "Desperately Seeking Susan"
First Allen film as production designer, "Radio Days"; earned Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction
Served as production designer on Seidelman's "She-Devil"
TV series debut as production designer "Tribeca" (Fox)
Garnered second Best Art Direction Academy Award nomination for Allen's period comedy "Bullets Over Broadway"
Again collaborated with Allen as production designer for the award winning "Mighty Aphrodite"
Costume Design for the award winning musical "Ragtime"
Scenic and Costume Design for the musical "Fosse"
Served as Production Designer for Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown"
Provided the Scenic Design for "Movin' Out," a Musical composed with the songs of Billy Joel
Designed the set for David Mamet's play "Glengarry Glen Ross"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Scenic Design of a Play