Director of the Scene Design Program; Scene Design Faculty (2011)
With his MFA from Yale University, John Coyne has been designing scenery and costumes for a number of theatre and opera companies throughout the country, including New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Washington Opera, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, The Juilliard School, California Shakespeare Theatre, The Old Globe, Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Center Stage, The Guthrie Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, and Goodspeed Musicals. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Prior to his career as a theatre designer, John worked as a licensed architect in Chicago, Illinois on various buildings ranging from private homes, university and corporate projects, as well as corporate and private interiors. More recently, John was a Principal at Theatre Projects Consultants, an international arts facility consulting firm, where he combined his knowledge of architecture with his passion for theatre in the design and construction of performing arts facilities. His projects included The Tempe Center for the Arts with Barton Myers Associates, Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. with McInturff Architects, The Wyly Theatre in Dallas with the architecture firms OMA and REX, The New World Symphony in Miami with Frank Gehry, and the new home for The Greek National Opera with Renzo Piano.
John has also taught scenic design and theatre craft at both the Yale School of Drama and SUNY Purchase, and has taught architectural design at Illinois Institute of Technology and Cornell University.
John pursued his studies in design at the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, including the Rome Studies Program, the School of Architecture at Cornell University, and the Yale School of Drama. Fellowships and awards include the Donald M. Oenslager Scholarship (Yale), John Dinkeloo Prize (American Academy in Rome), Peggy Guggenheim Fellowship (Venice), and the Arthur M. Gensler Scholarship (Cornell), as well as the Connecticut Critics Award in Set Design.