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Kenton Jones

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February 5, 2016
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Currently first-year MFA candidate in Scenic Design & Technology, at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. After a few decades of professional work in theatre and film, I have decided to bring my skills up to date, forge new connections, and move boldly into the next chapter of my career.




A theatre brat from early childhood, my career began onstage and has progressed to scenic art and design. From humble beginnings in Chicago - starving actor/waiter syndrome - I moved to Los Angeles and began working with and learning from established designers. Freelance work took me from shoebox theatres to regional theatres; low-budget horror films to Paramount sound stages, and everything in between. Eight seasons as Charge Scenic Artist with Arizona Theatre Company afforded the opportunity to realize the visions of world-class designers, while a summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival finally helped me commit to returning to graduate school to learn what I needed to learn.



CURRENTLY: First-year MFA candidate in Scenic Design & Technology, at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.


OBJECTIVES: To continue developing my skills as scenic artist and designer; to establish long term relationships with professional theatre companies; to help young people explore and develop their potential as theatre artists.


QUALIFICATIONS:  Several years of steadily working as a scenic artist and designer for theatre, film and television; experience working with a wide variety designers and artists; an avid collector and reader of most classic texts on stage design, technical theatre, scenic art and faux finishing; energetic, pragmatic collaborator; innovative, organized, budget conscious, a strong leader.


  • Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa:  Resident set designer/technical director/master carpenter/charge artist
  • Eastern Michigan University – Charge Artist/Designer: Duties involved managing paint department, supervising construction and painting of scenery and props
  • Michigan Shakespeare Festival                                                                                          
  • Painted backdrops and scenic elements for three productions
  • Stages St. Louis – Charge Scenic Artist                                                                            
  • Barrington Stage Company - Charge Scenic Artist                                                               
  • Utah Festival Opera, Logan, Utah: Artist-in-residence; in charge of executing twelve backdrops for Carmen
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival - Charge Scenic Artist                                                                    
  • Arizona Theatre Company: Charge Scenic Artist for nine seasons
  • Pasadena Playhouse - Charge Scenic Artist                                                      
  • Glendale Centre Theatre – Glendale CA;  Resident designer/scenic artist      
  • La Mirada Civic Theater – w/Joanne McMaster, designer         
  • Back Alley Theatre, LA                     



Death & Pretzels, Chicago: Gruoch

Mercy Street Theatre, Chicago: Bird Girl

Morningside College:

  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Grease
  • Almost, Maine

Eastern Michigan University:

  • Bud, Not Buddy, Meriah Sage, director
  • Go, Dog. Go!   Patricia Zimmer, director

Childsplay AZ, Tempe AZ - Petit Rouge

Arizona Theatre Company (Summer Onstage Series) - Once on this Island; You Can't Take it    

          With You; Scapino

Arizona Onstage Productions, Tucson AZ - A New Brain

Mesa Arts Center (w/ATC) - Fully Committed

Rogue Music Theatre, Grants Pass OR - The Sound of Music

Sierra Repertory Theatre, Sonora CA - West Side Story; Sweet Charity;

      Bullshot Crummond; The Secret Garden; Oklahoma!; Blues in the Night;

      Joseph...Dames at Sea;  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Glendale Centre Theatre, Glendale CA - The Little Mermaid; Anything Goes!;

      Blithe Spirit; Guys and Dolls; Joseph...

Colony Studio Theatre, LA CA - The Skin of our Teeth (Drama-Logue award for scenic design);

Guys and Dolls; On the Verge

Second Stage, LA – Creeps

Court Theatre – LA -  Public Enemy

  • All Scenic Design responsibilities included training and supervising staff and volunteers of varying skill levels in the construction and painting of scenery and props.


Barrington Stage Company; Glendale Centre Theatre – Glendale CA; Lexington Scenery, LA; BosSets, LA; Back Alley Theater, LA; Cinnabar, LA; Court Theatre, LA; Serrurier and Associates, Pasadena CA; George and Goldberg Design, LA; UCLA; Pepperdine; El Camino Community College; La Mirada Civic Theatre; Sierra Repertory Theatre, Sonora CA; Missouri Repertory Theatre at UMKC




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