Richard Battle designed costumes for numerous productions for West Bay Opera in Palo Alto, CA including Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, The Merry Widow, The Three Penny Opera, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, amongst them. He designed the set and costumes for Tartuffe. He has been on the faculty of Mills College Drama Department since 1972. Mr. Battle has designed costumes and scenery for Leonide Massine at Sadler’s Wells, Michael Smuin at San Francisco Ballet, John Copley at San Francisco’s Merola Opera program, Ron Guidi at Oakland Ballet, Woodminster Musical Theater, Oakland Ensemble, A.C.T. and Lorraine Hansberry Theater of San Francisco. He has been nominated for Emmy Awards for makeup design in San Francisco Ballet’s televised productions of Song for Dead Warriors, Cinderella and The Tempest and for scenic design in The Lamplighter’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore, Pecong and Savoyards. He is the makeup artist for Kathleen Battle, Gabrielle Schnaut, Rodney Gilfry, James Morris, Dolora Zsjick and other leading vocal and performing artists. Mr. Battle is a past representative for Local 706 International Alliance for Theatrical Employees.