Show Director, Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI)
With almost 25 years of Disney experience, Skip Lange is well equipped for his role as show director for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI). Working with teams of artists, writers, architects and engineers specializing in such show-related aspects as dimensional design, set fabrication, lighting, special effects and animation, Skip serves as the eyes and artistic conscience of a project from conception through completion. He was most recently show director for the Indiana Jones(tm) Adventure, which debuted at Disneyland Park on March 3, 1995.
Prior to joining the project team in 1992, Skip acted as field art director for Disneyland Paris Theme Park, providing art direction for each of the five themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A.,Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. Skip directed the fabrication and painting of rockwork, show set installation, and the finishes and facades of all show-related materials.
Skip studied sculpture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received his bachelor of arts degree in 1969. In 1970, he joined Walt Disney Imagineering (then known as WED Enterprises) as a dimensional designer, beginning his long career as an Imagineer. He was promoted to field art director for the rehabilitation of the "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" attraction at the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in 1974, before becoming the production designer for "America Sings" in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.
From 1977 to 1986, Skip worked on a variety of projects for Walt Disney World, including "Big Thunder Mountain," for which he was the field art director, and the Journey Into Imagination and The Living Seas, two EPCOT pavilions on which he was the production designer. In 1986, he was named Show Producer for "Big Thunder Mountain" at Tokyo Disneyland, and in 1987 was promoted to his current position.
WDI/pa February 95
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