NORMAN, OKLA.— Jon Young, professor of scenic design in the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma, will be one of 10 theatre professionals, artists and educators inducted into membership at the 2020 National Theatre Conference in early December.
Young oversees the design and production area for the School of Drama and University Theatre and has been teaching students at OU for 11 years. As a member of the National Theatre Conference, he is one of the distinguished members of the American theatre community who represent both professional and academic theatre institutions, as well as independent artists. NTC members of artists, producers, scholars and innovators are all leaders in their field and dedicated to supporting the future of American Theatre.
“I first met Professor Young in the professional field,” said Seth Gordon, director of the Helmerich School of Drama. “He designed a variety of sets for productions I directed in the years prior to my becoming director of the Helmerich School of Drama, and now I’ve worked with him as coordinator of the design and production area here at school. Jon is a major artist of the theatre, an insightful and supportive teacher and mentor, and a leader of his peers. It’s an honor to work with him and there is no question that he is richly deserving of this honor.”
Young was recipient of the 2016 Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a 2015 recipient of the Gold Medallion from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Young has designed professionally for the Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages Repertory Theatre, Creed Repertory Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Black Hills Playhouse, Unicorn Theatre Late Night Theatre and Coterie Theatre. He has designed over 30 productions for University Theatre dance, drama, opera and musical theater at OU.
Young’s scenic design work was featured in United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Theatre Design & Technologypublications for Stupid F##king Bird at Stages Repertory Theatre, summer 2016 issue; and his design for Sunday In The Park With George and The Odyssey, summer 2012 issue.
His scenic design work for After Juliet was invited to be a part of the World Stage Design 2009 Exhibit in Seoul Korea. You can follow Young’s work at www.youngscenicstudio.com and @youngscenicstudio.