J. MICHAEL GRIGGS has been designing scenery across the country for over 25 years. Prior to returning to the University of Illinois he was working for The American Repertory Theater and Harvard University where he was a designer, supervisor all of the student theater productions at the Loeb Drama Center, and teacher of stage design at Harvard University. His most recent design work has been for Boston area companies such as A.R.T. (Romance, No Child, No Man’s Land, How I Learned to Drive, and Boston Marriage among many others), the Súgán Theatre Company (The Sanctuary Lamp, Well of the Saints, The Lonesome West, St. Nicholas among others), Lyric Stage Company of Boston (9 Parts of Desire and Adrift in Macao), and well as productions at the Speakeasy Stage Company (The Seafarer), The Publick Theatre (Design for Living, Travesties), Tir Na Theatre Company (The Lonesome West, Trad), Opera Providence and The Gloucester Stage Company. As a designer for WGBH Public television he has designed for many local, national, and international clients as well as national PBS shows like Mystery! and Fetch with Ruff Ruffman. Prior to ART and Harvard Mr. Griggs taught at the University of Maryland, Carleton College, and was once properties supervisor and faculty at the Krannert Center of U of I. His education includes an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of California, San Diego and a BFA in Scene Design from the Depaul/Goodman School of Drama. He is a member of United Scenic Artists 829.