Derek McLane (born June 14, 1958, in London, England) is an American set designer for theatre, opera, and television. He graduated with a BA from Harvard College and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
McLane has designed more than 300 productions at theatres throughout the United States and around the world, for Broadway, Off-Broadway and major live television. McLane won an Emmy and an Art Directors Guild Award for his design for the 2014 Oscars. Broadway credits include: China Doll (2015), Gigi (2015), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (2014), 33 Variations (Tony Award, Best Scenic Design 2009), Grease, The Pajama Game (2006 Tony Nomination); The Threepenny Opera, Little Women, I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Best Play); Intimate Apparel (2005 Lortel Award), Barefoot in the Park, Lestat, The Women, Present Laughter, London Assurance, Holiday, Honour, Summer and Smoke, Three Sisters.
Off-Broadway credits include: Buried Child (2016), Into the Woods (2015), Posterity (2015), The Scene, The Voysey Inheritance (2007 Lortel Award), Two Trains Running, Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Hurlyburly, Abigail's Party, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Credeaux Canvas and Rafta, Rafta....
McLane was the scenic designer for all of the productions of the entire Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. in 2002.
His designs in opera and theatre have also appeared in London, Paris, Dublin, Glasgow, Moscow, Kraków, Sydney, Caracas and Warsaw. For television, McLane designed the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Academy Awards, as well as the live television productions of The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live! and The Wiz Live!.
He has collaborated with renowned directors such as Rob Ashford, Marc Bruni, Scott Elliott, Moisés Kaufman, Kathleen Marshall, David Warren, Kate Whoriskey, Daniel Sullivan, Mark Brokaw, James Lapine and Michael Mayer.
Awards and nominations
- 2015 Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Designers for the 86th Annual Academy Awards
- 2014 Emmy Award for the 86th Annual Academy Awards
- 2011 Tony Award Nomination for Best Set Design of Anything Goes
- 2011 Drama Desk Award for Anything Goes
- 11 Drama Desk Award nominations
- 2010 Tony Award Nomination for Ragtime
- 2009 Tony Award win for best set design for 33 Variations
- 2007/2009 Outer Critics Circle nomination
- 2006 Tony Award Nomination for Pajama Game
- 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards
- OBIE 1997 and 2004 OBIE Awards for Sustained Excellence in Scenic Design
- Drama League Award, 1997 for Harmony at La Jolla Playhouse
- "What I Love", The New York Times
- "What's In Your Bag", Wall Street Journal
- "From Broadway to Hollywood, the Scenic Designs of Derek McLane", Live Design
- "Behind the Scenes with the Oscars Production Designer Derek McLane, New York Post