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Robert L. Smith

Scenic, lighting and production designer

Robert L. Smith, scenic, lighting and production designer, died April 21 in Los Angeles of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 40.

Smith won the 2003 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award in lighting design for the Road Theater Co.’s production of “The Woman in Black.” He was also the recipient of several Drama-Logue Critic Awards, L.A. Drama Critic Awards, Valley Theater League Award and several Ovation award nominations for both his scenic and lighting design work. He also won a Sweepstakes Trophy for designing the Unocal float in the 1989 Tournament of Roses parade.

Born and raised in San Bernardino and Fontana, Smith designed projects for theaters including the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, the Colony Theater, the Laguna Playhouse and the Los Angeles Theater Center. Credits include “The All Night Strut” at the Tiffany Theatre, “Agency” at the Coast Playhouse, “Beehive, the 60’s Musical” at the Luxor Las Vegas and “Assassins” at the Los Angeles Repertory Co.

His design and decorator credits for film, television and video include Oscar-winning short “Session Man” and “Contact” for Chanticleer Films, “Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants” for HBO, the Presidential Scholars Awards at the Kennedy Center, the SAG Awards and projects with Disney, Universal Studios, Polygram, Merv Griffin Prods., Ken Erlich Prods., Bunim/Murray Prods. and Chuck Workman.

Smith also worked with Feld Entertainment as a production/scenic designer on several “Disney on Ice” shows such as “The Lion King,” “Peter Pan” and “Lilo and Stitch.”

He is survived by his mother and two sisters.

A memorial service in L.A. is being planned for June 6.

Please email ajpacella@comcast.net for information.

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