After graduating from Harvard in 1984 (film major/philosophy minor) Carl Sprague studied design at the Polakov Studio and at NYU, while working as a scene painter, assisting Jerome Robbins at Lincoln Center, and getting fired as a driver from Woody Allen’s Radio Days.
Carl worked for several years with special effects wizard Doug Trumbull – art directing the Back to the Future ride for Universal Studios and other projects. His first feature design work was as an assistant art director for Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. He went on to work on a number of features including The Paper, State & Main, Spartan, In Dreams, Before & After, Mona Lisa Smile, The Love Letter, and Amistad. He received a Guild nomination for art directing The Royal Tenenbaums. Carl’s design credits include Satie & Suzanne, Long Distance, The Pleasure of Your Company and Campbell Scott’s new film, Company Retreat, as well as Another Harvest Moon.
His sets at Mass MoCA for the photographer Gregory Crewdson were featured in The New York Times. Carl designs extensively for the stage – including the Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Berkshire Opera, The Music-Theatre Group, The Oldcastle Theatre, The Colonial Theatre, Mixed Company, Shakespeare & Co., The Miniature Theatre of Chester and the Albany/Berkshire Ballet.