Alan E. Muraoka has worked in the entertainment industry as a production designer and art director for film and television, corporate communication as well as a theatrical set designer, having been honored with 2 Emmy nominations and 3 Art Directors’ Guild Award nominations.
Splitting his time between New York and Los Angeles, Alan initially starting his career as an assistant set designer in New York on the Broadway productions of “On Your Toes”, “The Tap Dance Kid”, ”The Three Musketeers”, “Smile”, “Jerry’s Girls”, and the ballets “Bournonville Variations “ for choreographer Peter Martins and “Ives Songs” for Jerome Robbins, both at the New York City Ballet.
Alan began his career as a scenic designer while in grad school, designing operas “La Forza del Destino” with Gilda Cruz-Romo for Palm Beach Opera and “La Traviata” with Benita Valente for Michigan Opera Theater. After a 13 year hiatus from the theater to pursue a career in corporation communication and film/television design, Alan returned to the theater. Scenic designs have included “Our Town”, “Dead Man Walking”, and the musical “Oklahoma!” for Central City Opera. ”Iolanta”, “Thérèse Raquin”, “Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Consul” with Patricia Racette and the world premier of Steward Gordon and Jonathan Moore’s opera “The Invention of Morel” for Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera. In addition, Alan is also known for designing critically acclaimed site specific productions for Long Beach Opera most notably of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Orpheus and Euridice”with clarinetist Todd Palmer and soprano Elizabeth Futral, presented in an Olympic swimming pool and “The Diary of Anna Frank” presented in a subterranean parking garage. Most recently, Alan designed the Beaumarchais trilogy “Il Barbiere di Sivilia”, ”Figaro 90210”, and “The Ghosts of Versailles” for Chautuaqua Opera.
Film and television production design credits include the television series “Maron”for FOX/FX channel and “The Adventures of Superboy” for Viacom, which earned Alan his first Emmy Nomination, as well as feature films “I Hate Kids” with Tom Everett Scott and Titus Burgess ,“Dirty Girl” with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and Mary Steenburgen, “BaadAsssss!” with Mario Van Peebles, ”Edmond” with William H. Macy and “Sex,Death and Bowling” with Adrian Grenier, Selma Blair and Drea de Matteo. In the new media genre, Alan has recently designed “Balzac’s Coffee” for The New Yorker Presents for Amazon with Paul Giamatti. Alan is currently the production designer for the television series “New Amsterdam” for NBC/Universal.
Feature film art direction credits include “Little Miss Sunshine”,“Ghost World”, “Ace Ventura-Pet Detective”, “The Specialist”, “Washington Square”, “Liberty Heights”, and the television series “NYPD Blue” for which Alan received his second Emmy nomination.
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