Rusty Jones

Set Designer

Rusty Jones has designed sets for over 140 productions for theatre, opera, and television. Recent work includes Babette’s Feast at Amphibian Stage Productions, which was awarded Outstanding Scenic Design in 2019 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum; The Music Man, and The Rakes Progress, The University of Michigan; Comedy Sportz, Chicago; Charley’s Aunt, Singin’ in the Rain, A Christmas Carol, and The Birds at Huntington University Repertory Theatre; Death and the Maiden, Centaur Theatre, Montreal; The Nutcracker, RiverPark Center, Kentucky; River of Time (world premiere opera), Lexington Opera House; and, Quartet, Hudson Village Theatre, Quebec. 


May 03 - 26


Abigail Killeen & Rose Courtney

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October 29 - November 14


Melissa Crespo & Sarah Saltwick

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Accolades & Past Productions

He received Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Citation for Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design for Noises Off at Pegasus Theatre Chicago. His scenic designs are featured on the covers of three popular texts: Play Directors’ Survival Kit, for which he served as graphic designer/illustrator; J. Michael Gillette’s Theatrical Design and Production, 7th edition, and the recent seventh edition of Designing with Light, by J. Michael Gillette and Michael McNamara. Jones has lectured at the Beijing Dance Academy and the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, and gave a lecture and consulted on a new theatre facility at the American International School of Guangzhou, China. He has given multiple lectures at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, Colombia, South America. An associate professor of stage design at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana since 1998, he served as department chair his first ten years at Purdue and the prior five years at the University of Kentucky. He was a thirteen-year member of the selection committee and a past chair of Design and Technology for Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). He was awarded the 2004 national scenic design fellowship for the KCACTF Summer Design Intensives at the Kennedy Center. In 2014, he was awarded the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for his service to the American College Theater Festival. His Master of Fine Arts degree in stage design is from Northwestern University.