Paul Owen

Paul Owen celebrated his 50th year as a theatrical designer in 2010. The first decade (1960-1970) he served as resident designer for Nina Vance’s Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, designing sets, lights and costumes for the majority of productions. He was crucial in the development of the multimillion dollar Alley Theatre complex from 1964 to 1968 when it opened. Paul left the Alley in 1970 to pursue other interests, changed his mind after a few months, and joined the staff of Actors Theatre as resident designer in 1971. He continued in that capacity until semiretiring in 2009. During those 38 years he designed approximately 1,500 productions, including all of the state, national and international tours, as well as a number of guest designs for other regional theatres. Paul has designed several productions since his retirement, the most recent being Atomic Bombers at the University of Louisville and the musical Honk for a venue in Marshaltown, Iowa. He was instrumental in the 1972 design of Actors Main Street complex and the 1994 expansion, which includes the Bingham Theatre. Paul was honored in 1993 with The Kentucky Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement. In 2005 he received the Eddy Award from Entertainment Design Magazine on behalf of Actors Theatre for sustained excellence in theatrical stage craft. In 2010 he was awarded the Hanover College Medal for Excellence in the Arts.

Last Updated: September 16, 2015

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