Monthly Archives: February 2015

Derek McLane: Broadway Design for the Oscar Stage

“Criticizing the Oscars is sort of an American blood sport,” proclaims renowned Broadway production designer, Derek McLane. That was the first thing to come to mind when faced with the prospect of designing the set for the 85th Academy Awards in 2012, a notion he found “slightly horrifying.” Nevertheless, he accepted the challenge and is now fully consumed in his third year as the award show’s production designer.

Kyle Dean Massey: Broadway’s James Dean

As he strolls into the lobby of the Aria hotel on the Las Vegas strip, Kyle Dean Massey sends off a distinct West Coast vibe — jeans with a loose-fitting cotton tee, aviators, Tom’s slip-ons, and a slightly styled head of what he refers to with mild frustration as “Pippin hair.”

Karen Pittman: Creating and Living with Intention

“I am interested in creating human beings that have a real sense of the idea that we are all really the same, that we are all really dealing with the same shit. It doesn’t matter what we are or what we look like,” says Karen Pittman, star of Broadway’s Disgraced and FX’s The Americans.