This exhibition was developed under the leadership of James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress.

Grand Illusion: The Art of Theatrical Design is made possible through the generous support of The Ira and Lenore Gershwin Trust for the benefit of the Library of Congress.

Staff for the Exhibition

  • William Jacobs, Chief, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Cheryl Regan, Exhibition Director, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Daniel Boomhower and Walter Zvonchenko,Exhibition Curators, Music Division
  • Karen Werth, Production Officer, Interpretive Programs Office
  • Rachel Waldron, Registrar, Interpretive Programs Office

Interpretive Programs Office Staff

Denise Agee, Kimberli Curry, Vicki Fortuno, Carroll Johnson-Welsh, David Jung, Betsy Nahum-Miller, Christopher O’Connor, Mark Roman, Patrick Shepler, and Cynthia Wayne

Special thanks are due to the following members of the Library of Congress staff for their assistance with this exhibition:

Sue Vita, Jan Lauridsen, Thomas Barrick, Christopher Hartten, Mark Horowitz, Jan Lauridsen, Music Division; Lisa Moberg, Conservation Division; Mary Wheeler, Printing Management Section; Stanley Bandong, Graphic Arts Services Unit; Thip Padavong, Laura Moiseev, Web Services; Domenic Sergi, Andrew Cook, Ronnie Hawkins, Jade Curtis, Digital Scan Center, Information Technology Service; Glen Ricci, Kristy Dyson Multimedia Group, Information Technology Service; Donna Urschel, Public Affairs Office


The accompanying film was produced for the exhibition by Vicki Fortuno, Glen Ricci, Daniel Boomhower, Walter Zvonchenko, Andrew Cook, Dominic Sergi, Ronnie Hawkins, and Jade Curtis. The video is part of a longer interview conducted with Tony Walton that will be made available online. The Library wishes to thank Mr. Walton for sharing his production design process, particularly on his Tony-nominated work for the elaborate musical Grand Hotel.

Exhibition and Brochure Design

Shveima Associates