James F. Tilton Biography (1937-1998)

Full name James Floyd Tilton; born July 30, 1937, in Rochelle, IL; died of cancer, April 18, 1998, in East Hampton, NY; son of Norval Bailey Tilton and Magdeline Ripplinger Marelli; married Helga Strang, December 26, 1962 (divorced, November, 1976); companion of Joseph Patton.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Scenic designer
Birth Details
July 30, 1937
Rochelle, Illinois, United States
Death Details
April 18, 1998
East Hampton, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Work
  • Set Designer, Unless Otherwise Noted
  • Finian's Rainbow, John Drew Theatre, East Hampton, NY, 1963
  • Carousel, John Drew Theatre, 1963
  • Brecht on Brecht, John Drew Theatre, 1963
  • Come Blow Your Horn, John Drew Theatre, 1963
  • Irma la Douce, John Drew Theatre, 1963
  • Brigadoon, John Drew Theatre, 1963
  • Write Me a Murder, John Drew Theatre, 1963
  • Scapin, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Right You Are If You Think You Are, Phoenix Theatre, 1964
  • The Lower Depths, Phoenix Theatre, 1964
  • Impromtu de Versailles, Phoenix Theatre, 1964
  • Herakles, Phoenix Theatre, 1964
  • Ah! Wilderness, Front Street Theatre, Memphis, TN, between 1964-1966
  • The Seven Year Itch, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • My Fair Lady, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • Damn Yankees, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • The Country Wife, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • The Sound of Music, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • The Little Hut, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • Misalliance, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • My Three Angels, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • You Can't Take It with You, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • The Tavern, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • The Music Man, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • Roberta, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • The School for Scandal, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • We Comrades Three, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • Guys and Dolls, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • The Wild Duck, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • War and Peace, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • Pantagleize, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • The Show Off, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • Lighting designer, Exit the King, Front Street Theatre, between 1964-1966
  • Escurial, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, between 1967-1969
  • The Cat and the Moon, Professional Theatre Program, University ofMichigan, between 1967-1969
  • Sweet of You to Say So, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • The Flies, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • The Cherry Orchard, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • The Cocktail Party, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • The Misanthrope, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • Ballad for a Firing Squad, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • The Latent Heterosexual, Professional Theatre Program, Universityof Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • Chronicles of Hell, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • Macbeth, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • Play, Professional Theatre Program, University of Michigan, between 1967-1969
  • Love-In, Kansas City Opera Theatre, Kansas City, MO, 1969
  • The Doctor's Dilemma, 1969
  • Harvey, San Francisco, CA, 1970
  • The Merchant of Venice, San Francisco, 1970
  • Siamese Connections, San Francisco, 1970
  • The Selling of the President, American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, 1971-72
  • Antony and Cleopatra, American Conservatory Theatre, 1971-72
  • Caesar and Cleopatra, American Conservatory Theatre, 1971-72
  • Charley's Aunt, Asolo State Theatre, Sarasota, FL, 1971-72
  • Rainbow, Asolo State Theatre, 1971-72
  • The Matchmaker, Asolo State Theatre, 1971-72
  • The American Dream, John Drew Theatre, 1972-73
  • The Long Christmas Dinner, John Drew Theatre, 1972-73
  • What the Butler Saw, John Drew Theatre, 1972-73
  • The Palace at 4 A.M., John Drew Theatre, 1972-73
  • Dudes, John Drew Theatre, 1972-73
  • The Government Inspector, John Drew Theatre, 1972-73
  • The Merchant of Venice, John Drew Theatre, 1972-73
  • End of Summer, Phoenix Theatre Company, John Drew Theatre, 1973-74
  • The Private Ear and the Public Eye, Phoenix Theatre Company, JohnDrew Theatre, 1973-74
  • The Rehearsal, Phoenix Theatre Company, John Drew Theatre, 1973-74
  • Tonight at 8:30, Phoenix Theatre Company, John Drew Theatre, 1973-74
  • That Championship Season, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1974
  • Flint, Studio Arena Theatre, 1974
  • Set designer, Seascape, Broadway production, New York City, 1975
  • Twenty Seven Wagons Full of Cotton, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • A Memory of Two Mondays, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • They Knew What They Wanted, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Boy Meets Girl, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Secret Service, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Ladyhouse Blues, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • American Modern/Canadian Gothic, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Marco Polo, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • A Sorrow beyond Dreams, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • GR Point, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Scribes, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Hot Grog, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Uncommon Women, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • The Elusive Angel, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • One Crack Out, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • City Sugar, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Big and Little, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Later, Phoenix Theatre, between 1975-1978
  • Death of a Salesman, Studio Arena Theatre, 1976
  • The Cat and the Fiddle, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH, 1976
  • Vieux Carre, Hartman Theatre Company, Stamford, CT, between 1977-1979
  • Galileo, Hartman Theatre Company, between 1977-1979
  • The Auction Tomorrow, Hartman Theatre Company, between 1977-1979
  • Flying Blind, Hartman Theatre Company, between 1977-1979
  • Pagliacci, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1979
  • Clari; or, the Maid of Milan, 1980
  • Light Up the Sky, John Drew Theatre, 1981-82
  • Rogues to Riches, John Drew Theatre, 1981-82
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, John Drew Theatre, 1981-82
  • Twice around the Park, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1983-84
  • You Can't Take It with You, Broadway production, New York City, 1983-84
  • (And lighting designer) The Madwoman of Chaillot, Mirror Theatre Company, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, New York City, 1985
  • Clarence, Mirror Theatre Company, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, 1985
  • Vivat! Vivat Regina! Mirror Theatre Company, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, 1985
  • Lighting designer, The Loves of Anatol, Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • (And lighting designer) The Time of Your Life, Mirror Theatre Company, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, 1985
  • Children of the Sun, Mirror Theatre Company, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, 1985-86
  • The Circle, Mirror Theatre Company, Theatre at St. Peter's Church, 1986
  • Lighting designer, Light Up the Sky, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 1986-87
  • (And lighting designer) The Boys Next Door, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami, FL, 1989-90
  • (And lighting designer) Steel Magnolias, Coconut Grove Playhouse,1989-90
  • (And lighting designer) Shirley Valentine, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1990-91
  • (And lighting designer) Driving Miss Daisy, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1990-91
  • (And lighting designer) Other People's Money, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1990-91
  • Tales of Tinseltown, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1991-92
  • (And lighting designer) I Hate Hamlet, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1991-92
  • (And lighting designer) The Substance of Fire, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1991-92
  • (And lighting designer) Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Coconut GrovePlayhouse, 1992-93
  • (And lighting designer) Don't Dress for Dinner, Coconut GrovePlayhouse, 1992-93
  • (And lighting designer) Beau Jest, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1992-93
  • Him, Her, and You, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1992-93
  • Marriage Play, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1992-93
  • Sullivan and Gilbert, Phoenix Theatre Company, Performing Arts Center, State University of New York College at Purchase, Purchase, NY, 1993
  • (And lighting designer) The Gift Horse, Jewish Repertory Theatre,Playhouse 91, New York City, 1994
  • (And lighting designer) The Crucifier of Blood, Phoenix Theatre Company, Performing Arts Center, State University of New York College at Purchase, 1994
  • Also designed sets for Chaplin and His Time, Declaration, Knuckle, The Miracle Worker, and Shakespeare Is Alive and Well and Living in America. Affiliated with Broadway productions of Private Lives, 1969, and The Grass Harp, 1971.
  • Touring Productions
  • Set Designer
  • Cock-a-Doodle Dandy, U.S. cities, 1969
  • Hamlet, U.S. cities, 1969
  • Private Lives, U.S. cities, 1969
  • Oh! Calcutta! U.S. cities, 1969
  • Butterflies Are Free, National Theatre Company, U.S. cities, 1973
  • The Age of Shaw, National Theatre Company, U.S. cities, 1973
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, National TheatreCompany, U.S. cities, 1973
  • Television Work
  • Set Designer
  • Secret Service, PBS, 1977
  • Uncommon Women and Others (special), PBS, 1978
  • A Conflict of Interest, PBS, 1981
  • You Can't Take It with You, PBS, 1984
  • Film Work
  • Art Director
  • (As James Tilton) Dear Dead Delilah, Avco-Embassy, 1972

Further Reference

OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • TCI, July, 1998, p. 13.

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