Christopher M. Idoine

Christopher M. Idoine, an art director for theater groups and numerous TV productions including “Murphy Brown,” died Aug. 11 of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles. He was 53.

A graduate of Ohio U. with a masters in Theatre Arts from Brandeis U, Idoine’s career began as a resident scenic and lighting designer for seven years with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

Idoine later spent six seasons with the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Additionally, he designed for the Denver Center Theatre Co., the Los Angeles Public Theatre, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Academy Festival Theatre.

He received the Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Award and three Drama-Logue awards for his achievement in theater art direction.

For the past 19 years, he worked on numerous TV shows including “Murphy Brown,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Gimme a Break,” ‘The Bonnie Hunt Show” and “The Ropers.”

Idoine is survived by his mother, a son, two brothers, and a sister.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 16 at the home of Idoine’s longtime companion, Janice Minsberg.

Donations may be made to the Heifer Project or to Save the Children.

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