Mark Worthington has more than 30 years of experience in design for film, television and theater. He started his career in film while still a graduate student, working with production designer Cletus Anderson on Two Evil Eyes, an adaptation of two Edgar Allan Poe short stories, directed by George A. Romero and Dario Argento. This early experience in the horror genre was foundational to Worthington’s later work on the acclaimed FX series American Horror Story for which he designed the first five seasons.
Worthington’s designs for television also include the pilots for Lost and Once Upon a Time, and four seasons of Ugly Betty, all for ABC; Political Animals (TNT); the pilot for Star Trek: Discovery, the return of the franchise to its original home on television; the pilot for The Umbrella Academy (Netflix); Rob McElhenney’s Mythic Quest (Apple); the pilot for Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Watchmen (HBO); the first season of the Why Women Kill (Paramount+) and the Marvel streaming series WandaVision (Disney+), directed by long-time collaborator Matt Shakman.
Work in feature film as an art director includes such projects as Posse and the classic western Tombstone; The Chamber; Wag the Dog; Hearts in Atlantis; Austin Powers in Goldmember; and Legally Blonde 2. Worthington recently designed the film Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, based on the beloved children’s book The House on East 88th Street; and the upcoming Focus Features film Lisa Frankenstein, written by Diablo Cody, slated for a Fall 2023 release.
Worthington is a six-time Art Directors Guild Award winner for outstanding production design and has received 13 nominations. He has also been nominated for nine Emmy Awards, winning in 2021 for his work on WandaVision.
Worthington holds a B.A. in Theatre from Reed College and an M.F.A. in Scene Design from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.