Richard Isackes holds a distinguished reputation as a stage designer in regional theatre, opera and television. He has twice been the recipient of the Boston Circle Critics award for best scene design for his productions of Translations and Uncle Vanya at the Huntington Theatre. A partial listing of other companies where his work has been produced include: The Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chicago Lyric Opera, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cincinatti playhouse in the Park, The Hartman Theatre Company, La Mama Theatre of New York, Boston Lyric Opera and the Charles Playhouse. Isackes has also designed scenery for CBS, PBS and NBC.
Isackes has served on the faculties of Bucknell University, Boston University and the University of Illinois, where he was recipient of the prestigious University Scholars Award. Isackes has been a board member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the University Resident Theatre Association; additionally he has been elected to membership in the National Theatre Conference. He currently holds the Joanne Sharp Crosby Chair in Design and Technology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he held the administrative position of chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance for eight years before returning to the faculty in 2006.