#38 Lee Savage

It’s episode #38 and this week’s guest is Scenic Designer Lee Savage! Lee has an impressive roster of designs all around the country as well as in New York. He discusses he love for Shakespeare and his ongoing relationship with The Shakespeare Theatre, and the genesis of his most recent design for “The Tempest.” Other topics of discussion include the in and outs of working in regional theatre, how he makes out of town housing feel personal, his ideal working relationship with other directors and designers, and the influence of his two biggest mentors, Eugene Lee and Ming Cho Lee. And Lee gets personal as he tells us about becoming a father to a newly adopted baby and the joys and challenges of being a freelance designer while raising a child. We’re coming to you direct from the Wingspace studio in Brooklyn! Could we be any hipper?!

Lee Savage’s designs include The Lightning Thief (Lortel), Satchmo at the Waldorf (Westside), Muscles in our Toes, Sunset Baby and Thinner Than Water (Labyrinth), Rx (Primary Stages), All-American (LCT3), The Dream of the Burning Boy and Ordinary Days (Roundabout Underground), Jack’s Precious Moment (P73), Oohrah! (Atlantic), The Bereaved (Partial Comfort), The Seagull (NAATCO), punkplay (Clubbed Thumb), End Days (EST), Go-Go Kitty Go! (NY Fringe Festival), West Moon Street (Prospect Theater Company), The Private Lives of Eskimos and I Heart Kant (Committee Theater Company), and Harvest (La Mama.)

Regional credits include productions at: The Alliance; Asolo Rep; Baltimore Centerstage; Berkshire Theatre Festival; Chautauqua; Dallas Theater Center; Delaware Theatre Company; Glimmerglass Festival; Goodman; Guthrie; Long Wharf; Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma; Old Globe; Shakespeare Theatre Company; Signature; Philadelphia Theatre Company; Trinity Rep; Two River Theater, Wilma and Yale Rep.

Mr. Savage is the recipient of the Connecticut Critics Circle Award (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow), Helen Hayes Award (Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (nom), Richard III (nom), and has received nominations for the Irish Times Theatre Award (A Streetcar Named Desire) and the Suzi Bass Award (Smart Cookie).

Mr. Savage holds a Master of Fine Arts (Yale School of Drama), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Rhode Island School of Design), is a contributing editor of Chance Magazine, a founding member of Wingspace Theatrical Design and currently serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama.



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