Professor Binkley has been working in the area of theatrical design for over 20 years. Prior to receiving his MFA from Southern Methodist University, he collaborated with the following South Florida organizations: Greater Miami Opera, Miami City Ballet, and the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Since John's relocation to Southern California in 1996 he has worked with major regional theatres such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and South Coast Repertory as well as numerous smaller theatres. Most recently, he has designed Oedipus El Reyfor The Theatre @ Boston Court; Last Five Years & Marry Me A Little and Joy Luck Club at East West Players; Once On This Island for Reprise Theatre Company; and Dogeaters for the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Other southern California credits includeHero, Conjunto, Harvest, Failure of Nerve, Gumsimao, Sleepwalk, Moscow, and Atomic Quintet for Playwrights’ Arena;Elegies – A Song Cycle, War Letters for The Cannon Theatre; Shim Ch’ong for The Getty Center; Happy End for the Museum of Contemporary Art; Stage Direction for Ensemble Studio Theatre; and Slide, Ghost Stories for The Wilton Project. International credits include Beachwood Drive for “Theatre Confrontations” in Lublin, Poland, Pterodactyls for Intl. Experimental Theatre Festival in Shanghai, China, and Shim Ch’ong for National Theatre of Korea in Seoul, Korea. John received a BackStage West Garland 1998 for Scenic Design for two productions produced in Equity-waiver theatres in Los Angeles: Patience by the Antaeus Company and Slide produced by the Wilton Project. In 2001 he was chosen as a finalist in the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group career development grant for designers. In 2010 he was nominated for an Ovation Award for his design work in Oedipus El Rey. John has been a member of the faculty at California State University Northridge since 2001.