Art Director for Film and Television, Painter, published non-fiction writer, photographer.

This thirty-year career veteran has Art Directed numerous popular classics in film and television including: “My Cousin Vinny”, “JFK”, “So, I Married An Axe-Murderer”, “Ghost Whisperer” and “Glee”.

Theatrical training as an accomplished scenic painter and theater designer at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU graduate program provided a solid theoretical foundation. Actively working on Off-Broadway and Regional Theater projects including Robert Wilson’s “Medea” [Kennedy Center], “A Chorus Line” [Drury Lane], “Cats” [Wintergarden Theater], “Awake & Sing” [Circle-in-the-Square], “Winter’s Tale” [Virginia Shakespeare Festival], “Romeo and Juliet” [Ballet Florida], “What the Butler Saw” [GEVA Regional Theater] provided an adequate realistic measure of theatrical experience.

Professional memberships: IATSE Local 827: United Scenic Artists [NYC] and IATSE Local 800: The Art Director’s Guild [LA].

Non-fiction author of the best-selling book: “The Art Direction Handbook for Film and Television”, 2nd Edition” continues publication through Focal Press.

M. Rizzo can offer deep experience and creative practicality to whatever new project presents itself.


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