Jon Craine

Entertainment Design


Jon Craine is a theatrical set designer, rock & roll backdrop designer, ultraviolet effects master, television production designer and art director, illustrator and artist. His extensive work in entertainment design—with styles that range from the clean and minimal to the fantastic and spectacular—has appeared on network television and Broadway, in museums, and on concert stages and in theme parks around the world.

Craine launched his career working in the area of live concert design. He has worked with Fall Out Boy, The Offspring, Alice Cooper, Chicago, Clint Black, and Usher. Craine has also collaborated on music videos for Busta Rhythms and Disturbed. In 2009, Craine designed the stage backdrops for Southern Comfort’s underCOVER concert tour, featuring Polyphonic Spree, The Hold Steady, and Ghostland Observatory.

A former senior designer and charge artist for UV/FX Scenic Productions in Los Angeles—where he cut his teeth on theme park projects for Universal and Disney—Jon helped to develop sophisticated and ground-breaking work with ultraviolet scenery for the entertainment and special effects industries. Today, Craine continues to advance this exciting scenic medium and is at the forefront of the ultraviolet industry, as both an artist and designer. Alongside consulting work with Rosco Labs, Jon has led workshops at USITT on the formulation, use, and design of ultraviolet coatings and scenery. Recently, Jon’s psychedelic Moody Blues attraction at the Hard Rock Park, produced in collaboration with the Sally Corporation, earned him industry praise.

In 2008 Jon Craine made his Broadway debut with Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the Broadway Theatre. The nightmarish, yet fantastical stage design was the fruition of an ongoing relationship with Cirque Productions, which has also yielded the successful Cirque Dreams Illumination national tour. In 2005, in conjunction with Six Flags Theme Parks, Jon collaborated with artistic director Neil Goldberg on a show proposal that was eventually realized as Cirque Dreams Coobrila at Six Flags Over Texas. Craine’s stage design and arena renovation for Coobrila helped to garner the show IAAPA’s Brass Ring Live Entertainment runner up award for the Best Overall Production in the $1 to 2 million category.

On the small screen, Jon collaborated on Michael Eisner’s Glenn Martin DDS as production designer and art director. The stop-motion animated sitcom debuted on the Nickelodeon network in August 2009. Other television  credits include the animated MTV mini-series The Tomatos, the demented Smoking Gun TV series, and spots for Comedy Central featuring Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, Will Arnett, and David Schwimmer. Craine has also worked with Emmy Award-winning director Gregor Clark on spots and webisodes for Subway and Duracell.

From 2014 through 2015 Jon worked with Adirondack Studios as Art Director for projects in China (Wanda Movie Park) and the US (Disney’s Avatar and Frozen attractions). Craine received his BA from Middlebury College where he studied Theatrical Design and Studio Art. Jon has also studied at Mass College of Art and Art Center College of Design. In 2012/13 Jon returned to his alma mater as a visiting professor within the theatre department. A native of New York, Jon now lives with his wife and sons in Orlando and works with Universal Creative as art director.