Spotlight on the Designer

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THE LION KING

Richard Hudson

RICHARD HUDSON (Scenic Design) was born in Zimbabwe and educated in Zimbabwe and England. In 1988 he won a Laurence Olivier Award for designing a season of seven plays at the Old Vic Theatre, London. His set designs for The Lion King have won numerous awards, including a Tony® in 1998. He is a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). In 2003 he won the Gold Medal for Set Design at the Prague Quadriennale, and in 2005 he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey. He has designed sets and costumes for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Young Vic and the Gate, London. In opera he has worked at the  Royal Opera, English National Opera, La Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera New York, Opera National de Paris, Lyric Opera Chicago, Staatsoper Vienna, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and in Zurich, Munich, Amsterdam, Venice, Florence, Turin, Bregenz, Houston and Washington. He designed American Ballet Theatre’s current productions of The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet for National Ballet of Canada and La Bayadère and Le Coq d’Or for Royal Danish Ballet

 

VEREMONDA

Ugo Nespolo

The popular Italian painter and sculptor. A versatile and widely known contemporary artist, Ugo Nespolo works in a broad range of disciplines, from painting and filmmaking to print and sculpture. Learn more about his incredible work here

 

CARDINAL

Derek McLane

SELECTED CREDITS: BROADWAY: The Parisian Woman, Children of a Lesser God, The Price, Noises Off, Fully Committed, Beautiful, Gigi, China Doll, Anything Goes, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Best Man, Follies, How to Succeed In Business Without Even Trying, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, 33 Variations The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife. OFF-BROADWAY: Jerry Spring the Opera, If I Forget, The Whirligig, Into The Woods, Love, Love, Love, Sweet Charity, Evening at the Talk House, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Buried Child, The Spoils, Sticks and Bones, The Last Five Years, A Lie of the Mind, Ruined, Hurlyburly. TELEVISION: He designed the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Academy Awards as well as the NBC LIVE! Musicals The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The WIZ & HAIRSPRAY. AWARDS: Winner of 1997 + 2004 OBIE Awards, 2004, 2005, 2007 Lortel Awards; 2009 Tony Award, 2011 Drama Desk Award, 2015, 2016 Art Directors Guild Award, 2014 + 2017 Emmy Award.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Scenic Design by Hugh Landwehr

Hugh Landwehr’s work on Broadway has included productions of Frozen, Bus Stop, AllMy Sons, and A View From The Bridge. Off Broadway, he has designed Last Easter, Scattergood,  Filumena, and The Baby Dance, among others. He has had long and productive relationships with many regional theatres in the United States including the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas, Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, Maryland, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. He has worked with The Washington Ballet in Washington, DC, where he designed two full-length ballets, The Sun Also Rises and Sleepy Hollow. During the summer, he has designed at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Westport Country Playhouse. He is presently a member of the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and Williams College. He is proud to have twice been the recipient of NEA grants as an Associate Artist, to have won the Murphy Award in Design (administered by Long Wharf), and to be the 2003 winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Design. He was educated at Yale College.

 

SENSE & SENSIBILITY: THE MUSICAL

Scenic Design by Kevin Depinet

Kevin Depinet is a Chicago based Set designer where he designs for Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The National Theatre of Great Britain, The Royal George Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Old Globe, The Kirk Douglas theatre, The McCarter Theatre, The Court Theatre, The Arden Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Denver Theatre Center, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane,Yale Repertory, Indiana Repertory, American Players Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, Glimmer Glass Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Paramount Theatre, Victory Gardens,  Chicago Dramatists, and Saint Louis Repertory Theatre.
He also designed scenery for Michael Mann’s Film Public Enemies (Universal Studios). He was the Associate designer for the original tony award winning August: Osage County and recently Mother Fucker with a Hat, and Of Mice and Men on Broadway.  He is also an adjunct professor of design at DePaul University. He studied at Ball State University and the Yale School of Drama.

 

TWELFTH NIGHT

Scenic Design by Riccardo Hernandez

Vineyard, La Jolla Playhouse and Yale Rep productions of Indecent. Broadway: The Gin Game; The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change (also Royal National Theater, London); Elaine Stritch: At Liberty (also National Tour, Old Vic London); Topdog/Underdog(Royal Court); Bells Are Ringing; Parade (directed by Hal Prince; Tony and Drama Desk nominations); Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk (also National Tour, Japan) and The Tempest. Recent: Grounded directed by Julie Taymor, The Library directed by Steven Soderbergh (The Public); La Mouette (Cour d'Honneur, Palais des Papes, Avignon Festival); Abigail's Party (Oslo National Theatre); The Dead (The Abbey Theatre); King Lear (TFANA). He has designed over 200 productions in the U.S. and internationally. Faculty: SUNY Purchase.

BENNY & JOON

Scenic Design by Dane Laffrey

Broadway: set for the 2017 revival of Once On This Island, set and costumes for Deaf West's Spring Awakening, set for Fool For Love. Recent off-Broadway: set and/or costumes for This Flat Earth, Rancho Viejo, Indian Summer, The Christians, Iowa (Playwrights Horizons), Sell.Buy.Date (Manhattan Theatre Club), Homos, or Everyone in America (Labyrinth), Picnic & Come Back Little Sheba (Transport Group), The Harvest, (Lincoln Center), The Glory of the World (B.A.M. Harvey), Cloud 9 (Atlantic) and other work at Roundabout, Second Stage, Vineyard Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, MCC, SoHo Rep, Rattlestick, Transport Group and many others. Regional work at The Humana Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Theatre, The Old Globe, The Geffen Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, The Wallis Annenberg Center, Denver Center, Goodspeed, Woolly Mammoth, Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, New York Stage & Film, others. International work in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka and throughout Australia. Dane won a 2017 OBIE Award for sustained excellence in set and costume design and has been nominated for a Tony, a Drama Desk Award and 5 American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Awards along with numerous regional awards and nominations.

 

CAN-CAN!

Scenic Design by Rob Bissinger

Rob has been a Production Designer for Live Entertainment for over 15 years and his work has been seen by millions of people worldwide, earning him an Emmy Nomination. In addition to Can Can!, Regional Theatre highlights include Damn Yankees, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Full Monty for the Paper Mill Playhouse, Half A’ Sixpence, and Pirates! for Goodspeed Theatricals. Off Broadway: Lucky Guy, Curvy Widow, the long running Jaques Brel…!, and on Broadway for Kristen Chenoweth’s My Love Letter to Broadway. Along with his partner, Anita La Scala,Rob cofounded ARDA Studio, which provides production design and concepts for countless theatrical presentations of all sizes throughout the United States and abroad. Highlights include leading the Production Design team for the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia, concept design for the Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony in Azerbaijan, and the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Closing Ceremony in Canada, as well as Brian Henson’s Puppet Up!, Frankie Moreno Under the Influence, and Magic Mike Live, in Las Vegas, Nevada.You can learn more about Rob Bissinger here.

 

MAMMA MIA!

Scenic Design by Mark Thompson

Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Raisin in the Sun, One Man Two Guvnors (Tony Nom.), La Bete, Bombay Dreams (Drama Desk Nom.), Life X 3, Mamma Mia! Blast!, Follies, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Arcadia (Tony Award Nom. and Drama Desk Nom.)

 

THE LAST MATCH

Scenic Design by Tim Mackabee

Broadway:  The Elephant Man (starring Bradley Cooper), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee).  West End: The Elephant Man.  Off-Broadway:  Vietgone, Important Hats… (MTC), Describe The Night, Guards at the Taj (2016 Lortel Award), Our New Girl, The Penitent (Atlantic), Heathers The Musical, Luce (Lincoln Center Theatre), Gigantic (Vineyard), Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theatre).  TV: Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, Gotham, Smash, The Today Show.  Education: North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama.  timothymackabeedesign.com, @timmackabeedesign.

 

PRINCE OF BROADWAY

Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt

Broadway: Come From Away, Meteor Shower, Prince of Broadway, Sunday in the Park with George, A Bronx Tale, Therese Raquin (Tony Award and Drama Desk Nom.), Hand to God, Chaplin, Rock of Ages, The Scottsboro Boys (Tony Nom.), Sondheim on Sondheim (Outer Critics Nom.), On The Town, Act One (Tony Award and Outer Critics Nom.), LoveMusik (Drama Desk Nom.) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway: The Last Five Years (Drama Desk Nom.), Toxic Avenger, and Little Miss Sunshine. 2007 Obie Award.

 

THE PORTUGUESE KID

Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty

John Lee Beatty has designed sets for more than seventy Broadway productions since 1973 including: The Apple Tree, Losing Louie, Heartbreak House, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Rabbit Hole, The Color Purple (Tony Nom.), Crimes of the Heart, The Odd Couple, Doubt, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, On The Twentieth Century (Drama Desk Award), Wonderful Town, Dinner at Eight (Drama Desk Award), Morning's at Seven, Proof, Footloose, Ivanov, The Little Foxes, Once Upon a Mattress, Chicago, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, Redwood Curtain, A Small Family Business, The Most Happy Fella, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Octette Bridge Club, Duet for One, Fifth of July, Talley’s Folly, The Innocents, Knock Knock, Talley's Folly (Drama Desk Award), Fifth of July (Drama Desk Award), The Royal Family (Tony Nom.), Other Desert Cities (Tony Nom.), and The Nance (Tony Award).

 

PENTECOST

Scenic Design by Michael Yeargan

Lincoln Center Theater: South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award noms., Drama Desk Award), Cymbeline, Awake and Sing! (Drama Desk Award, Tony nomination), Edward Albee’s Seascape, The Light in the Piazza (Tony and Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Award nom.). Broadway: The Ritz (original production); Hay Fever with Rosemary Harris; Ah, Wilderness! with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst; A Lesson From Aloes; as well as many credits Off-Broadway and in regional theatre. London: Becket, Cyrano de Bergerac. Opera: Metropolitan Opera (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Otello, Ariadne auf Naxos, Cos fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Susanna, The Great Gatsby), NY City Opera (Norma, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Finta Giardiniera, Central Park) as well as work at major opera companies throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.

 

ROCKY ON BROADWAY

Scenic Design by Chris Barreca

Christopher Barreca has designed over 200 productions on Broadway and in Theater, Opera, and Dance internationally.

His Broadway premiers include the musicals; Rocky (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics circle Awards), Marie Christine and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold (American Theater Wing Award) - both for Lincoln Center Theater; The Violet Hour; Our Country's Good (Prague Quadrennial Selection) and Search and Destroy (Drama-League Award).  

Off-Broadway: Richard Greenberg's Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (Drama Desk Nomination) and the musical Bernarda Alba; Bernard-Marie Koltes's Roberto Zucco; Skarmeta's Burning Patience and Eric Overmeyer’s In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe. 

Regional: Howard Korder’s In A Garden; Kate Robin’s What They Have; Christopher d’Amboise’s The Studio; Lucinda Coxon’s Vesuvius; Culture Clash's The Birds; The Karamazof Bros. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Labs L'universe; Eric Overmeyer’s Dark Rapture and The Heliotrope Bouquet; Charles Ludlum's Hedda Gabler; Eric Ehn's Wolf at the Door; the new musicals  Herringbone and Captains Courageous and Anna Deavere-Smith’s tour of her Twilight: Los Angeles. Learn more about Chris Barreca here.

 

HAIRSPRAY & LOBBY HERO

Scenic Design by David Rockwell

David’s honors include the 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for the musical She Loves Me and six Tony Award nominations for Best Scenic Design, the AIA New York Chapter President's Award, the 2008 National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for outstanding achievement in Interior Design; the 2009 Pratt Legends Award; the Presidential Design Award for his renovation of the Grand Central Terminal; induction into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America and Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame; inclusion in Architectural Digest’s AD 100; and the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical for She Loves Me and five Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical. David is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Rockwell Group was named by Fast Company 2008, 2014 and 2015 as one of the most innovative design practices in their annual World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies issue.

Broadway: Lobby Hero, The Terms of My Surrender, Falsettos, She Loves Me, On Your Feet!, Sylvia, On the Twentieth Century, Side Show, You Can't Take It With You, Kinky Boots, Lucky Guy, Elf, Harvey, The Normal Heart, Catch Me if You Can, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show. 

 

OKLAHOMA!

Scenic Design by Anthony Ward

Anthony Ward is a Tony and Olivier award-winning theatre designer whose critically acclaimed work spans the worlds of theatre, opera and dance. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the University of Arts London in 2014.
Specialising in set and costume design, he has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Opera House, Opera North and Royal Ballet.
His many awards include the 2009 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for Phyllida Lloyd's Broadway production of Mary Stuart, following its transfer from the West End, the 1996 Olivier Award for Set Design (Oklahoma!), and the 1999 Olivier Award for Costume Design for Midsummer Night's Dream, La Grande Magia and The Way of the World.
Born in 1957, Anthony studied theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art. He designed Assassins, Oliver and King Lear for Sam Mendes, My Fair Lady for Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for Adrian Noble at the London Palladium and Sweeney Todd and Gypsy for Jonathan Kent.

 

WHITE CHRISTMAS

Scenic Design by Randy St. Pierre

The drops were painted by Jill Fives. St. Pierre gave her his design ideas and some photos of what he was looking for and she created them from that. She finished them by herself in 3 days working on them when not at the other theatre she was working for at the time. The reason the time was so short is because he was borrowing the stage space of a high school that was big enough to accommodate the drops as the stage at Lone Tree was being used for other performances. 
St. Pierre also ended up performaning in the show as Bob Wallace when the actor playing that role dropped out to do another show.

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Scenic Design by Michael Anania

Broadway: Laughing Room Only starring Jackie Mason, A Change in the Heir, Run for Your Wife, Canterbury Tales, The View From Here, The Gathering starring Hal Linden. New York Opera: H.M.S. Pinafore, The Merry Widow, La Boheme, A Little Night Music, The Desert Song (all 'Live from Lincoln Center'), Wonderful Town, 110 in the Shade, The Most Happy Fella, Pajama Game, The New Moon. National Tours: Applause, Heartstrings, and The Wizard of Oz starring Mickey Rooney. Nominated for Australia's Tony Award, the 2002 Helpmann Award for Singin' in the Rain, and Dallas Theatre League's Leon Rabin Award for My Fair Lady.