John Lee Beatty

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John Lee Beatty is an American scenic designer.

Life and career[edit]

Beatty was born in Palo Alto, California and grew up in Claremont. His father was dean of students at Pomona College and his mother had also worked in academia.[1]

While he was an English major at Brown University, he also directed, wrote, acted and drew posters and scenery for college productions. After graduating from Brown, he entered the Yale School of Drama where he was trained by Ming Cho Lee, as well as Donald Oenslager and Jo Mielziner.[1]

In New York, he was an assistant to Douglas Schmidt. He joined the Circle Repertory Company and then designed the sets for his first Broadway show, Knock Knock (by Jules Feiffer) in 1976.[1]

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, Crimes of the Heart, The Odd Couple, Doubt, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Twentieth century, Wonderful Town, Dinner at Eight, 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, and Knock Knock.

He also has designed for Off-Broadway shows. He received the Henry Hewes Design Award, Scenic Design, for The Whipping Man at the City Center Stage 1 (2011) and was nominated for the Hewes Award for Other Desert Cities (Newhouse Theater, 2011) and Twelfth Night (Delacorte Theater, 2009).[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Beatty won the Tony Award for his design for Talley's Folly. He won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play for The Nance (2013).[3]

He has received eleven Tony Award nominations, including for Other Desert Cities (2012), The Royal Family (2010) and The Color Purple (2006). Beatty also has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design four times: Twentieth Century (2004), Dinner at Eight (2003), Fifth of July (1981) and Talley's Folly (1979). He received ten other Drama Desk nominations.[4]

He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in January 2003.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rothstein, Mervyn. "A Life in the Theatre: John Lee Beatty" playbill.com, October 23, 2008
  2. ^ John Lee Beatty Internet Off-Broadway Database, accessed April 24, 2013
  3. ^ Purcell, Carey. " 'Kinky Boots', 'Vanya and Sonia', 'Pippin' and' Virginia Woolf?' Are Big Winners at 67th Annual Tony Awards" playbill.com, June 9, 2013
  4. ^ John Lee Beatty ibdb.com, accessed April 24, 2013
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew. "32nd Annual Theatre Hall of Fame Inductees Announced; Mamet, Channing, Grimes Among Names" playbill.com, October 22, 2002

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