CHARLES ERVEN (Scenic Designer, What I Learned in Paris) designed the scenery for a critically-acclaimed Knives in Hens  at the Jihocesky Divadlo and Much Ado About Nothing at the Shvandovo Divadlo in the Czech Republic. He also designed the scenery for Frankie and Johnny in the Claire du Lune at the Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara where he first teamed up with his fellow artists on this show, Saundra McClain, Jared Sayed, and Diane Graebner.

At Pacific Resident Theatre he designed Happy End and the recent world premiere of PRT’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel, Sweet Thursday. His set design for Desire Under the Elms, directed by Jeffrey Hayden, was nominated for Best Scene Design in Los Angeles by the NAACP. For The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble he designed sets for The Sunshine Boys with Hal Linden, Juno and the Paycock, The Foreigner, Mr. Kolpert, and Buddha’s Big Night among others.

In Los Angeles, he has also worked with the Long Beach Playhouse and Ghost Road Theatre. He has designed  and/or painted scenery for the Great  Lakes and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals and for theatres in Milwaukee, Chicago, Kentucky, New York, and the Virgin Islands as well as over thirty productions for The Racine Theatre Guild in Wisconsin. His designs have been seen in regional, national and international exhibitions of theatre design including the Prague Quadrennial and Milwaukee Art Museum.

He is Professor of theatre design at Loyola Marymount University and received a Fulbright Senior Specialist award to teach American Scene Design at DAMU in Prague in 2005.

September, 2014