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Robert Brill

Design Faculty


Robert Brill is a UC San Diego Theatre alumnus (BA 1988), founding member of Sledgehammer Theater, 2013-14 Artist-in-Residence at the La Jolla Playhouse, recipient of both the Michael Merritt and Lucille Lortel awards, and three-time Tony Award nominee. His set designs for theatre, opera, dance, and commercial entertainment span three decades and have been seen internationally and in every major city in the United States.

As a Broadway-based set designer, his stage credits include the critically-acclaimed revival of Cabaret, Aint' Too Proud (Tony Nomination), Assassins (Tony Nomination), Guys and Dolls (Tony Nomination), A Streetcar Named Desire, Design for Living, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Buried Child and Jesus Christ Superstar, among others. His regional theatre credits are extensive, from the likes of The Wiz and His Girl Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse, A Clockwork Orange at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, The Laramie Project at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and numerous productions for The Stratford Festival of Canada, including Christopher Plummer’s A Word or Two. As an opera designer, his work has been seen at the English National Opera in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and in 2010, his design for the highly anticipated world-premiere of Moby-Dick was presented by Dallas Opera, and followed by productions in Australia, Canada and other cities in the US, including San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center. In 2015, he has designed three other world-premier opera productions: Cold Mountain, Santa Fe Opera; The Manchurian Candidate, Minnesota Opera; and Everest, Dallas Opera. Robert Brill is an innovative artist and widely considered one of the leading figures in the American Theatre.

Professor Brill joins the nationally ranked MFA professional design training program where he will teach, supervise, and mentor all scenic design students in set design and professional preparation for careers in stage, film, TV, and/or commercial entertainment.


UC San Diego


Galbraith Hall 110


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