Eugene Lee (designer)

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Eugene Lee (born 1939) is an American set designer who has worked as the production designer for Saturday Night Live since the show's premiere in 1975.[1] Lee has been resident designer at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, since 1967.[citation needed]

Lee attended Beloit Memorial High School, has a BFA each from the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago (now at DePaul University) and Carnegie Mellon University, an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and three honorary Ph.Ds. He has won Tony Awards for Bernstein’s Candide, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Wicked, as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design. Other New York theatre work includes Amazing Grace,[2] Alice in Wonderland, The Normal Heart, Agnes of God, Ragtime, Uncle Vanya, Ruby Sunrise, Bounce, and A Number. Film credits include Coppola’s Hammett, Huston’s Mr. North and Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street.

Lee lives in Providence with his wife, Brooke, where they raised their two sons.[3]

His work on the musical Candide at the Chelsea Theater Center of Brooklyn and on Broadway are chronicled in great detail in Davi Napoleon's book, Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater. The book also describes his work on Slave Ship and other productions at the Chelsea.

Lee is also a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2006.[4]


  1. ^ Leifeste, Luke (July 26, 2017). "Meet Eugene Lee, the Crazy Stylish 78-Year-Old Man Who Literally Built SNL". GQ. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Amazing Grace". Retrieved 2016-10-19.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-04-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "LuPone, Hearn, Wilson, and the Late Wasserstein and Wilson Among Theater Hall of Fame Inductees".

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