Donyale Werle

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Donyale Werle
Nationality  United States
Known for Scenic design
Awards Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, Obie Award

Donyale Werle is an award-winning scenic designer from Nashville, Tennessee.[1]


Werle obtained her BFA in painting from the University of New Mexico and her MFA in set design from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She has designed for multiple Broadway shows, including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson[2] for which she received a 2011 Tony nomination. Her design for Peter and the Starcatcher won her the 2012 Tony award.[3] She has also received 2011 Obie for Sustained Excellence of Set Design.[4]

Werle's designs focus on sustainability. She uses found objects, thrift shop finds, and many other materials she purchases second hand. She is the co-chair of the pre/post production committee for the Broadway Green Alliance. Her set design for the 2009 production of Broke-ology at the Lincoln Center featured a set built and decorated from products purchased at Habitat for Humanity's ReStores.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Werle's studio and home is in Brooklyn, New York, where she lives with her husband Paul Jepson, a stagehand at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.[5]


  1. ^ a b Kompanek, Christopher (September 2012). "For Donyale Werle, It's Easy Being Green". Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Piepenburg, Erik (October 6, 2010). "Inside Old Hickory’s Curio Cabinet". Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Joy David, Cara (January 24, 2013). "Donyale Werle and David Korins: Creating a Show's Physical World". Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ethan Hawke, Laurie Metcalf, Chad Deity & More Win 2011 Obie Awards". May 17, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ Finn, Robin (June 8, 2012). "Bargain Hunter on Two Wheels". Retrieved February 6, 2013. 

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