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  Chris Parry
Faculty In Memoriam

Chris Parry (May 23, 1952 – January 16, 2007) originally trained in England and worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company for 13 years. He lived and designed in the United States from 1989 to 2007.

He designed theatre and opera internationally for 30 years, earning the prestigious U.S. Tony Award and the British Olivier Award, and 25 other major awards and nominations. His work included over 160 British and U.S. regional theatre and opera designs, as well as several Broadway productions. Highlights included 24 productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Royal National Theatre (RNT) in England, as well as work for the Los Angeles Opera, Welsh National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of Lucca (Italy), Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre, Seattle Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, Hartford Stage, The Alley Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Ahmanson Theatre, South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, and La Jolla Playhouse San Diego, among others.

Notable production credits included The Who's Tommy (Broadway and worldwide) directed by Des MacAnuff, which garnered Parry the Tony Award, Olivier Award (London) Dora Award (Canada), New York Drama Desk Award, New York Outer Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, and several other nominations; the musical Jane Eyre (Mirvish Co. Toronto and La Jolla Playhouse); Not About Nightingales (London and Broadway) directed by Trevor Nunn -- for which he earned a Tony Award nomination, NY Drama Desk Award; Translations (Boston, Broadway); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC, Broadway) -- a Tony Award nomination, NY Drama Desk Award; A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC, Broadway and World Tour) -- Olivier Award nomination. Other work included a section of the movie Renaissance Man and the KPBS Television Arts program Center Stage. Mr. Parry also won the Lighting Designer of the Year Award (1994) from the journal Lighting Dimensions International, and owned his own entertainment and architectural design company, Axiom Lighting, Inc. in San Diego, CA.

Mr. Parry taught at UC San Diego for 18 years, and was the Head of Design until his death.

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