Scott Pask

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Scott Pask
EducationUniversity of Arizona (BArch)
Yale University (MFA)
Occupation(s)Scenic designer, costume designer
Years active1998–present
AwardsTony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play

Scott Pask is an American scenic and costume designer. He has worked primarily on stage productions in the United States, on Broadway and Off-Broadway, and in regional theatre, as well as in the United Kingdom. He has won Tony Awards for his work on The Pillowman, The Coast of Utopia and The Book of Mormon.

Early life and education[edit]

Pask was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona, with his twin brother, Bruce.[1] Pask earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.[2][3] Bruce is a noted stylist and men's fashion director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine.[4]


His Broadway credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Urinetown, The Coast of Utopia, The Vertical Hour, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Kiki and Herb: Alive on Broadway, The Wedding Singer, La Cage aux Folles, Amour, Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors, Take Me Out, Nine, The Pillowman, and A Steady Rain. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut with his design for Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes.

Pask designed the original production of The Pillowman and its subsequent UK tour for the National Theatre. Additional credits include On an Average Day (West End) and Tales From Hollywood (Donmar Warehouse), both directed by John Crowley; Bash (Almeida Theatre, New York, Los Angeles, and Showtime); Albert Herring (Opera North U.K); The Underpants, The Bomb-itty of Errors, The Donkey Show (NY, London, Edinburgh, Cambridge), Slanguage, The Gimmick, Love's Fowl, The Beginning of August, Refuge. Also: Baltimore Center Stage, Alliance Theater, South Coast Repertory, Seattle Rep, The Old Globe, ACT, Yale Repertory Theater, Walker Arts Center, Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto, BAM and Williamstown. He also designed the original scenic design for the debut of Johnny Baseball at the American Repertory Theatre Spring 2010.

Of Pask's set design for Hair, Ben Brantley in The New York Times wrote: "Scott Pask's exposed-wall set is the perfect playground for a world in which imagination (aided by chemical substances) provides the décor."[5][6] Pask has said of his work, "I do love abstracted places, especially one where I can fill it with so much texture."[7]

Pask designed the holiday snow globes for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for 2005 and 2009.[8]




West End[edit]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Pask won the 1999 Lucille Lortel Award and Henry Hewes Award for his work on The Mineola Twins and the 2001 Bessie Award for Verge.

Tony Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2005 Best Scenic Design in a Play The Pillowman Won
2007 The Coast of Utopia (Parts 1-3) Won
2008 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Nominated
2009 Best Scenic Design in a Musical Pal Joey Nominated
2011 The Book of Mormon Won
2013 Pippin Nominated
2018 Mean Girls Nominated
The Band's Visit Nominated
2022 Best Scenic Design in a Play American Buffalo Nominated
2023 Best Scenic Design in a Musical Shucked Nominated
Some Like It Hot Nominated

Drama Desk Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result
2002 Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play Take Me Out Nominated
2003 Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical Amour Nominated
2005 Sweet Charity Nominated
2006 The Wedding Singer Nominated
2007 Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play Blackbird Nominated
The Coast of Utopia (Parts 1-3) Won
2008 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Won
2009 Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical Hair Nominated
9 to 5 Nominated
2015 Outstanding Scenic Design The Visit Nominated


  1. ^ Wolff, Natasha (March 13, 2017). "A Broadway Set Designer's Home in the Desert". T Magazine. Retrieved June 2, 2023.
  2. ^ "CAPLA Honors Scott Pask". University of Arizona. December 5, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2023.
  3. ^ "Light and Truth in the Piazza". YaleNews. June 9, 2005. Retrieved June 2, 2023.
  4. ^ Marcus, Sanford (April 9, 2007). "Design Guy: Alone Time with Tony-Winning Set Designer, Scott Pask". Archived from the original on June 2, 2008.
  5. ^ Brantley, Ben (March 31, 2009). "A Frizzy, Fizzy Welcome to the Untamed '60s". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2023.
  6. ^ Lampert-Gréaux, Ellen (April 10, 2009). "Scott Pask's Set Designs for Hair". Archived from the original on May 14, 2009.
  7. ^ Jones, Kenneth (June 4, 2008). "Designer Scott Pask Embraces the Abstract to Conjure the Threat and Beauty of Liaisons". Playbill. Retrieved June 2, 2023.
  8. ^ Smith, Andy. "Volunteer Profile: Anna Louizos and Scott Pask".[dead link]

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