Wicked Set Designer

Eugene Lee

Life and Education

Eugene Lee was born in 1939 in Beloit, Wisconsin. He currently lives in Providence with his wife and two sons. Over his life, Eugene has studied at various schools to get to where he is today. He attended Beloit Memorial High School before going to the Art Institute of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon University, where in both places he got BFA degrees (Bachelor of Fine Arts). Afterwards, he realised he wanted to pursue his choice career and get higher degrees, so he headed to Yale Drama School, where he earned an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) and three honorary Ph.Ds. Mr.


Over his life, Eugene has made many memorable achievements that has made him one of the best set designers known in the world. He has done work on London's West End and even New York's Broadway! He is also very well known for his work for a musical that was performed in Chelsea Theater Center of Brooklyn. After doing amazing work on the shows Candide, Sweeney Todd and Wicked, won three Tony Awards; one for each show. After Eugene had his work on Broadway, he was nominated for three Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design over separate years, and won them all!

His work on the musical Candide was recognised everywhere, especially in New York. It was a simple set, yet reflected the story so well that he won many awards for it, also it was written about in a book by Davi Napolean called Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theatre.

His work includes: Wicked, Alice in Wonderland, The Normal Heart, Agnes of God, Ragtime, Bounce, The Pirate Queen and many, many more.

Not only is his set design work based in theatre, he also designs the set for NBC's Saturday Night Live. Since 1967 he has been a resident designer at a historical yet small musical theatre named Trinity Rep.




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