Nat Karson was the son of a refugee Russian architect.
He emigrated to Chicago as an infant and started his artistic career
in high school by winning several poster contests. He attended the
Art Insitute of Chicago and painted murals in Chicago until after
the 1929 stock market crash. In New York he exhibited his caricatures
and wound up working on the Federal Theatre Project. He then moved
on to become art director and set designer at the Radio City Music
Hall from 1936 to 1943. In addition, he was a scene designer for
other projects including the 1939 New York World's Fair. He worked
as a producer for NBC, consultant producer for Columbia Braodcasting
Company and for several shows on Broadway.