Today’s guest is set designer Paul Tate dePoo III. He tells us how a hurricane may have prevented him from being the next David Copperfield, why he wants to design the Olympic opening ceremonies, and what is was like working for famed Broadway set designer Derek McClane. AND finally learn what it’s like going through life with a last name that begins with a lower case letter! Insanity!
Paul Tate dePoo III is a scenic designer for opera, musicals, plays, concerts, and special events based in Manhattan. Most recently, Paul created the sets for Pageant the Musical (Off-Broadway), A Christmas Carol (Capital Rep), Annie (Maltz Jupiter), Look Upon Our Lowliness (NYC Movement Co.), Hello Dolly (Cape Playhouse), Avenue Q (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Broadway’s Beauty Pageant, and the 2013 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He previously designed A Raisin In the Sun (Palm Beach Dramaworks), The Music Man, Hello, Dolly! (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), The Kite Runner (Boston Repertory Theatre), and the national tour for indie band Neutral Milk Hotel’s The Music Tapes. Upcoming productions include the new web series Oh, Liza, Master Harold and the Boys (Luna Stage ) and both Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center, and Chicago Lyric Opera’s Marriage of Figaro with scenic designer James Noone. Paul’s select work as a Broadway associate designer with Derek McLane includes How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Follies, Anything Goes, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Originally from Key West, FL, Paul is a design graduate of Boston University.