Derek McLane

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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. Most recently, McLane won an Emmy and an Art Directors Guild Award for his design for the 2014 Oscars. Broadway credits include: Gigi (2015), Living On Love (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: 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, Modern Orthodox; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Creadeux Canvas Rafta, Rafta. McLane designed the entire Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 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 Sound of Music Live! and Peter Pan Live!

He has collaborated for many years 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.

McLane is on the Board of Directors for The New Group and Fiasco Theater Company, and is also a mentor with TDF's Open Doors Program.


  • 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.


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