Russell Pyle is an accomplished producer, art director, editor, as well as set and lighting designer. He contributes his talents not only to video, theatre and film, but also to design of special events, theme parks, opera, dance, museums, television, and fashion shows.
Although his training began in mathematics and physics, Russell became captivated by the theatre and began designing daring sets that merged science and art — a synergy that became his trademark. He was a founding member of the prestigious Company Theatre and designed the lights and/or sets for over 400 productions in California, New York, Florida, and overseas. His work has been consistently described as “adventurous, innovative and technically complex.”
As Co-founder and CEO of Legacy Media Lab, Russell has been honored with two Telly Awards for co-producing and co-directing the acclaimed California Mental Health Initiative video training series. Sponsored by the Southern California Library Cooperative and the The California State Library, the series sheds important light on the plight of California’s homeless population and mental health issues. The training series is now being used by several library systems around the country.
Russell has worked in Singapore, Turkey, Japan, and throughout the U.S. Notable productions include Our Lady Queen of the Angels, a Salute to the L.A. Bicentennial with Tony Duquette.
Russell has also worn the hats of Technical Director and Theatre Manager at El Camino College, where he oversaw the operations of a 2,000-seat auditorium and 354-seat theatre. For the 72 branches of the Los Angeles Public Library, Russell has provided audiovisual expertise including video production and editing, design of sound and projection systems, as well as technical production of a wide range of cultural events in the Mark Taper Auditorium.
Memorable examples include sound and lighting design for Loretta Livingston dance recitals, A Musical Evening with Peter Gallagher, and for the renowned Gregory Peck Reading Series featuring luminaries such as Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, Richard Dreyfuss, Kathy Bates, Sally Field, Bruce and Laura Dern, just to name a few.
He also provided sound and lighting design, as well as podcast editing, for the acclaimed ALOUD series, created by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, and produced large-scale outdoor fundraising events and award ceremonies in honor of playwrights Tony Kushner and Larry McMurtry.
Russell’s work as director of the theatrical production of Voice of the Prairie at the Actor’s Co-op was recognized with a Dramalogue Award. For the Rubicon Theatre Company he designed close to a dozen productions including Streetcar Named Desire, Glass Menagerie, Sylvia, Will Rogers in America, Shirley Valentine, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Russell has also received multiple awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. He is also the first recipient of the prestigious Margaret Hartford Award and listed in “Who’s Who in American Theatre” and “Who’s Who in California.”