Tony Walton started his professional career in 1957. Since then, he has garnered 16 Tony Award nominations for his sets and costumes, winning the Tony and the Drama Desk Award for his designs for Pippin, House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls. He has worked with directors as diverse as Bob Fosse, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, Ken Russell, Volcker Schlondorf, and Francois Truffaut. Tony has received Academy Award nominations for Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express, and won the Oscar for All That Jazz. Tony’s graphic work consists of book and magazine illustrations, caricatures for such publications as Playbill, Theatre Arts and Vogue; and many posters for Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows. He has co-produced shows in London – three in association with the legendary Hal Prince. His designs for the opera and the ballet have been seen at NYC’s Metropolitan Opera House, London’s Theatre Royal Covent Garden, and Sadler’s Wells.
In addition to his design credits, for the last fifteen years Walton has been the director (and usually designer) for acclaimed productions of many plays by Shaw, Wilde and Coward (along with new work and new musicals by both Irish and American authors) at the Irish Repertory Theatre, The Irish Center, The York Theatre, San Diego’s Old Globe, and Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre.
“Tony Walton is one of the most acclaimed designers of the last 50 years, and the rare artist who has won an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony. I am thrilled that he will be sharing his expertise with our students as well as the Texas State and San Marcos community,” said Department Chair John Fleming. “Anyone interested in design and the creative world behind-the-scenes will find his visit both informative and inspiring.”
As part of his residency, in addition to receiving the Bowman Lifetime Achievement Award, Walton will also teach master classes and do a lecture on “Collaboration-The Process” for the students and the community, and talkbacks following screenings of his films.