John Lee Beatty

Set Designer of Chicago

John Lee Beatty is a Californian born set designer known for his work on the sets of many high-end Broadway plays and musicals. He was born in Palo Alto and grew up in Claremont, attending Brown University and majoring in English as well as acting, directing, writing and designing posters and scenery for many college productions. His father was Dean of students at Pomona College and his mother also worked in the area of academics. After Beatty graduated from Brown, he joined the Yale School of Drama and there, he was trained by the likes of Jo Mielziner, Donald Oenslager and Ming Cho Lee. After arriving in New York, he joined the Circle Repertory Company and designed his first set for the Broadway show 'Knock Knock' in 1976. Since then Beatty has designed the sets for many notable stage shows, such as 'The Color Purple',' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?',' Doubt', 'The Heiress', and of course, 'Chicago'. During his career, he has won numerous awards including two Tony awards for his set design on 'Talley's Folly' and this year,' The Nance'. He has also been nominated for the prestigious award eleven times and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

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