We interrupt your August to get you in the room with the guy who created the Room Where it Happens…it’s “Hamilton” Set Designer David Korins! David and Cory chat about the evolution of his Tony nominated set for the cultural phenomenon and the myriad of ideas, inspirations, and evolutions that led up to the set we see today. He also takes us into the design process for “Grease Live” and how he and Tommy Kail created an immersive, interactive world that set a new bar for live television musicals. Other topics include David’s strong social media presence and how he’s using Instragram to reveal a part of the process not usually shared, how he’s grown his studio into a full-service design firm with often over a dozen employees, how he utilizes his array of assistants and associates, and how setting new goals each year helps inform the projects he takes on and the relationships he pursues. David is a giant in the world of scenic and production design with projects ranging from theatre to retail, to film and TV, to restaurants and industrials, but if you want to hear a Non-Stop account of What Comes Next, why he wouldn’t be Satisfied to Take a Break, and how he continues to Blow Us All Away, then Meet Him Inside our exclusive interview. Boom!
David Korins’ Broadway credits include Hamilton, Misery, Motown, Annie, Bring It On, Chinglish, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin, Magic/Bird, Godspell, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Lombardi, Passing Strange and Bridge and Tunnel and the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen. Opera credits include world premieres of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at San Francisco Opera and Oscar at Santa Fe Opera. He has worked extensively both Off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Noted credits include Here Lies Loves, Found, Fly by Night, When the Rain Stops Falling, Farragut North, The Drunken City, The Receptionist, Jack Goes Boating, Tryst, Striking 12, and Dog Sees God.
He served as creative director for Kanye West, designing his concerts both in North America and abroad. He has designed installations across the country for music and arts festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands. He is also engaged in an ongoing partnership with the Fireman Hospitality Group.
As production designer, his credits include the feature films Winter Passing starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel and Ed Harris, Coach starring Hugh Dancy, and the film version of Adam Rapp’s Blackbird starring Gillian Jacobs and Paul Sparks. In television David has designed Grease Live on Fox, Andrea Bocelli’s Cinema for PBS, and multiple series and specials on networks such as NBC, CBS, HBO, Bravo TV, IFC, Comedy Central, Lifetime and the Game Show Network. His commercial work includes spots for Target, World Mastercard, McDonald’s and Friendly’s.
He has received a Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, and three Henry Hewes Design Awards, and an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design.