Husband Jay A. Kobrin

Queer Places:
Yale University (Ivy League), 38 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT 06520
325 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

Gordon MicunisGordon Micunis (born June 16, 1933) met Ertè, the famous Art Deco master-artist, in the 1950s and vowed to emulate his versatility. Gordon has designed Sets, Costumes and Lighting for Theater and Opera, Interiors for Residences, Stores, Restaurants, Fast Foods, and Kindergartens. Murals, painted tapestries, bargello artworks, mixed media. Lamp shades and finials. Unique one of a kind GORJAYOUS jewelry. Mother of the bride dresses. Decor packages for SUBWAY (10,200 stores) and McDonalds. Dioramas, religious pieces, soft sculpture, collages numbering in the thousands. Travel articles. Memoir vignettes. A Jack of all (design) trades! Partnered with Jay A. Kobrin for 60 years of collaboration in art and life. The work of Broadway's gay and lesbian artistic community went on display in 2007 when the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Gallery presents "StageStruck: The Magic of Theatre Design." The exhibit was conceived to highlight the achievements of gay and lesbian designers who work in conjunction with fellow gay and lesbian playwrights, directors, choreographers and composers. Original sketches, props, set pieces and models — some from private collections — represent the work of over 60 designers, including Gordon Micunis.

Gordon Jules Micunis was born on June 16, 1933 in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son son of Morris Micunis and Ida Gordon, proprietors of Micunis Market. He Attended Lynn English High School, classes at The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and earned a BA in cum Laude, English and Fine Arts from Tufts College. He also earned an MFA in Scenic, Costume, Lighting Design from Yale University and a Graduate School of Drama. At Yale, in 1958, he met Jay Kobrin, whom was studying costume design.  there.

He served in the US Army in Europe for two years during the Korean War. He designed Scenery and Costumes for The Opera Society of Washington DC, New York City Opera with Beverly Sills, Baltimore Opera, San Francisco Opera, Many off-Broadway shows, and "The Ritz" revival on Broadway with Calvin Culver. Micunis designed the sets and/or costumes for many regional theaters around the country in the 1960s and 1970s.

Micunis worked as theatrical designer for the United Scenic Artists, New York City, from 1960 to 1990. He is the owner of Gordon Micunis Designs Inc., Stratford, Connecticut, since 1976. 

Designer and manufacturer of Gorjayous Jewelry, Etsy Gorjayous; Wrote travel articles on India and Cuba for Times Mirror newspapers. Lecturer in Theater Design at Barnard College, Oberlin College and CW Post College. Designer at New Orleans Repertory Theater with Stuart Vaughan. Living in New York City. He also designed Subway prototype and 10,000 Subway stores worldwide. Also many unique McDonald's prototypes. Many one person and group shows of paintings and fiber works in Stamford CT. and in Santa Fe New Mexico.

Since November 30, 1959, his life partner is Jay Kobrin. They were married in Toronto in 2008.


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