#28 Adam Koch

This week’s guest is scenic designer Adam Koch! Adam and Cory go way back and discuss how they met 10 years ago at Pittsburgh CLO. Adam shares stories of shows at The Muny, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Signature Theatre and how he approaches designing sets for big musicals like ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Big Fish’, ‘Dreamgirls’, ‘Kiss of the Spiderwoman’ and more. Cory and Adam also muse on topics such as designing for every seat in the house, why too much success too early is not always a good thing, what it’s like to design a Broadway show that never gets produced, and Adam recounts a moment of horror that happened at the infamous Black Party (hint: it’s not what you think…and keep it clean listeners!)

Adam Koch’s 100+ production designs for theater and opera have been seen in New York City and across the country. His credits include Hello Dolly! (Ford’s Theater), Dreamgirls, Miss SaigonKiss of the SpiderwomanSee What I Want to See (Signature Theatre), Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theatre/Chicago), Rooms: A Rock Romance (Off Bway/New World Stages), Loaded (Off Bway/Theatre Row), Big Fish, Tarzan, A Little Night Music, TriangleBye, Bye, Birdie, Sweet Charity, Call Me Madam (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Always Patsy Cline (Bristol Riverside), A Christmas Carol, Five Course Love, Sweeney Todd (Geva Theatre Center), Miss Saigon (Playhouse on the Square), Godspell, Hairspray (Syracuse Stage), My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls (Engeman Theater), Greater TunaMaster Harold and the Boys (Portland Stage), Tick, Tick, Boom! (MetroStage), The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Professional Performing Arts School/NYC), We The People (TheatreWorks USA), Pinkalicious (OffBway, National Tour, Vital Theatre Company), Freckleface Strawberry (OffBway/Manhattan Movement & Arts Center), The Magic Flute (Queens College Opera), Il Trittico, Marriage of Figaro, and Pirates of Penzance (Brevard Opera Festival.)

Adam is a credited contributor to the widely used collegiate textbook `Scene Design and Stage Lighting’ (Wadsworth 2009, 2010, 2011) 2009 Helen Hayes Nominee (for Outstanding Set Design), a recipient of both the USITT Oren Parker Award for Excellence in Scene Design, and the 2007 Kennedy Center Design Fellowship. Education: Carnegie Mellon University Member of USA 829



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