Charles E. Murawski
Charles E. Murawski, Raytown High School Class of 1956
Charles E. Murawski graduated from Raytown High School in 1956. After his second year at Raytown High, he was hired as an assistant stage manager at Starlight Theater. That experience led him to be accepted from high school directly into graduate school to study stage design. After graduating from the Goodman Theater of the Chicago Art Institute, he spent several seasons designing for the Muny Opera in St. Louis and for the St. Paul Opera Company.
Charles was accepted into the Broadway Designers Guild for Scenic and Lighting Design at age 22. After teaching for a year at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, he moved to New York to begin his career. He designed scenery and lighting for many on and off Broadway productions, as well as for national tours.
He served as a production designer, an art director, and created pilots for numerous television shows, including The Gary Moore Show, Kraft Music Hall, The Emmy Awards in New York, Melba, the first two CBS Barbra Streisand specials, The Carol Burnett Show, Maude, Different Strokes, The Facts of Life, Gimme a Break!, and Silver Spoons, among many others. He was nominated for five Emmy Awards and won three.
While living in Los Angeles and working at Universal Studios, he developed, set up, and supervised a theatrical prop rental company, which is now the largest prop rental company in the United States.
In 1982, Charles purchased three side-by-side small hotels in Palm Springs, California. He rebuilt the property into a five-star European Country Inn, including a restaurant that won the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association award as “the most promising new restaurant in Southern California.”
During his time in Palm Springs, he was one of the original organizers of the current hotel association. He was elected to the City Council, through which he formed the current tourist council.
Charles moved to Florida where he used his experiences in California to rebuild and decorate the first official bed and breakfast on the sea in an area called Lauderdale by the Sea. A Broward County commissioner appointed Charles to the county tourist board, and he made trips all over Europe and South America promoting tourism in South Florida.
Currently, Charles is a travel writer for a local magazine. He travels all over the world and shares stories and photographs of his experiences. There are probably no more than a dozen countries in the world Charles has not visited. After many years spent inside of a studio, he is now free to roam and explore.