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 350 productions at theatres throughout the United States and around the world, for Broadway, Off-Broadway and major live television. He won a Tony Award for ‘33 Variations’ and Emmy Awards for the 2014 Oscars + ‘Hairspray Live!’ and an Art Directors Guild Award for his 2014 design of the Oscars.
Broadway credits include: Moulin Rouge! (2020), A Soldier's Play (2020), 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, and 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....
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, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 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 Alex Timbers, Kenny Leon, Rob Ashford, Marc Bruni, Scott Elliott, Moisés Kaufman, Kathleen Marshall, Daniel Sullivan, Mark Brokaw, James Lapine and Michael Mayer.
Awards and nominations
Tony Award Nomination: Best Scenic Design of a Musical: MJ • 2022
Tony Award: Best Scenic Design of a Musical: MOULIN ROUGE! • 2021
Drama Desk Award: MOULIN ROUGE! • 2020
Art Directors Guild: 90th ACADEMY AWARDS • 2019
Emmy Award Nomination: 90th ACADEMY AWARDS • 2018
Emmy Award: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! • 2017
Art Directors Guild Nomination: 88th ACADEMY AWARDS • 2017
Art Directors Guild Nomination: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! • 2017
Emmy Award Nomination: 88th ACADEMY AWARDS • 2016
Emmy Award Nomination: The WIZ LIVE! • 2016
Drama Desk Nomination: FULLY COMMITTED • 2016
Art Directors Guild Award: Excellence in Production Design • 2015
Art Directors Guild Award: 87th ACADEMY AWARDS • 2014
Emmy Award: 86th ACADEMY AWARDS • 2014
Drama Desk Nomination: FOLLIES • 2012
Drama Desk Award: ANYTHING GOES • 2011
Tony Award Nomination: ANYTHING GOES • 2011
Tony Award Nomination: Best Scenic Design of a Musical: RAGTIME • 2010
Lucille Lortel Award Nomination: Outstanding Scenic Design: A LIE OF THE MIND • 2010
Garland Award: Excellence in Southland Theater - Backstage: BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO • 2010
Tony Award Nomination: Best Scenic Design of a Play: 33 VARIATIONS • 2009
Henry Hewes Design Award: Best Scenic Design: 33 VARIATIONS • 2009
Henry Hewes Design Award Nomination: Best Scenic Design: RUINED • 2009
Vivian Robinson Audelco - 'The Viv' : Set Design Award: RUINED • 2009
Drama Desk Nomination: 33 VARIATIONS • 2009
Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination: 33 VARIATIONS • 2009
Henry Hewes Design Award Nomination: Best Scenic Design: RAFTA, RAFTA • 2008
Lucille Lortel Award Nomination: Outstanding Scenic Design: 10 MILLION MILES • 2008
San Diego Critics Circle Noel Award: Outstanding Scenic Design: 33 VARIATIONS • 2008
Drama Desk Nomination: 10 MILLION MILES • 2008
Dora Award, Toronto: ELEKTRA • 2007
Lucille Lortel Award: THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE • 2007
Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination: THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE • 2007
Tony Award Nomination: Best Scenic Design of a Musical: THE PAJAMA GAME • 2006
Lucille Lortel Award Nomination: ABIGAIL'S PARTY • 2006
Drama Desk Nomination: ABIGAIL'S PARTY • 2006
Lucille Lortel Award: INTIMATE APPAREL • 2005
Drama-Logue Award: INTIMATE APPAREL • 2005
Audelco Award: INTIMATE APPAREL • 2004
OBIE Award: Sustained Achievement 2004
Lucille Lortel Award: I AM MY OWN WIFE • 2004
Drama Desk Nomination: I AM MY OWN WIFE • 2004
Michael Merrit Award for Collaboration: : CHICAGO • 2003
Drama Desk Nomination: THE WOMEN • 2002
Drama Desk Nomination: EAST IS EAST • 2000
Drama Desk Nomination: MISALLIANCE • 1998
Drama-Logue Award: HARMONY • 1997
OBIE Award: Sustained Achievement 1997
Drama Desk Nomination: PRESENT LAUGHTER • 1997
Drama Desk Nomination: THE MONOGAMIST • 1996
- Interview by Elyse Sommer, CurtainUp, n.d.
- "McLane Off-Broadway" lortel.org, accessed June 23, 2016
- "The Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration" sondheimguide.com, accessed June 23, 2016
- "At Home With Derek McLane, Designing a New Life in the West Village". Playbill. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
- "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