David Gallo

Musical Theatre, Set Design (College)

David Gallo has designed over thirty Broadway plays and musicals, including The MountaintopMemphisreasons to be prettyXanaduThe Drowsy Chaperone (Tony award for best scenic design), and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He also designs digital media. His work for Stage Entertainment, Disney, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, and PBS is seen daily in a dozen cities worldwide.

David delivers innovative work for television, concerts, and special events. He is production designer for Sesame Street; his Blue Man Group work has been seen by millions; and he is creative director for Phish’s New Year’s Eve extravaganzas.

As a core member of August Wilson’s creative team, David designed the premiere productions of King Hedley IIJitneyGem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf, garnering Tony award nominations for best scenic design for the latter two. David designed the Kennedy Center’s tribute production of the playwright’s complete ten-play cycle, August Wilson’s 20th Century, and the set for Wilson’s autobiographical play How I Learned What I Learned.

In addition to his Tony, David is the recipient of the Obie for Sustained Excellence in Set Design and multiple NAACP, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, American Theater Wing, Hewes Design, Ovation, and LA Critics Circle awards. David represented innovative contemporary American set design in the Cooper-Hewitt inaugural National Design Triennial. His paintings for the 1997 Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge are in the Smithsonian Institution archives and the hot dog he flew around Madison Square Garden in with Phish is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

David ran and taught scenic design master classes for Live Design magazine and has taught at Purchase College, Rutgers, Webster University, and the Cincinnati Conservatory. He has lectured at the Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt, and Yale School of Drama and done portfolio reviews for NYU.