DANE LAFFREY // SET & COSTUME DESIGNER
Dane Laffrey is an American designer based in New York City. He studied at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art and resided in Sydney from 2002 - 2006.
On Broadway he designed the set for the current Tony-winning revival of Lynn Ahren's and Stephen Flaherty's Once On This Island at Circle in the Square for which he received Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations, set and costumes for the acclaimed Deaf West revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Spring Awakening (Brooks Atkinson) and set for the Broadway premiere of Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love (Friedman).
Dane has designed set and/or costumes for World Premieres of Lily Thorne's Peace For Mary Francis (The New Group), Lindsey Ferrentino's This Flat Earth (Playwrights Horizons), Jen Silverman's All The Roads Home (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Matthew Lopez's Zoey's Perfect Wedding (Denver Center Theatre Company), Dan LeFranc's Rancho Viejo (Playwrights Horizons), Jordan Seavey's Homos, or Everyone in America (Labyrinth Theatre Company), Sam Hunter's The Harvest (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sarah Jones' Sell.Buy.Date (Manhattan Theatre Club), Jen Silverman's Collective Rage... (Woolly Mammoth / MCC), Michael West's The Chinese Room (Williamstown), Craig Lucas' I Was Most Alive With You (Huntington), Gregory Moss' Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons), Rachel Bonds' Swimmers (Marin Theatre Company), Eliza Clark's Future Thinking (South Coast Rep.), Daniel Goldfarb’s Legacy (Williamstown), Fernanda Coppel’s King Liz (2econd Stage), Jenny Schwartz & Todd Almond's Iowa (Playwright's Horizons), Charles L. Mee's The Glory Of The World (BAM Harvey / 2015 Humana Festival), Colman Domingo's DOT (2015 Humana Festival), Rachel Bonds' The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre), Lucas Hnath's The Christians (2014 Humana Festival / Playwrights Horizons / Mark Taper Forum), Kimber Lee's Brownsville Song... (2014 Humana Festival), Polly Pen and Victor Lodato's Arlington (Vineyard), Sam Hunter's The Few (Old Globe & Rattlestick Playwright's Theater), Matthew Lopez's The Legend Of Georgia Mcbride (Denver Center), Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews (Roundabout), Lauren Feldman's Grace, Or The Art Of Climbing (Denver Center), Anna Kerrigan's The Talls (2econd Stage), David Greenspan's adaptation of Barry Conner's The Patsy (Transport Group) Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock's Fly By Night (Theatreworks, CA and Dallas Theatre Center) Nilo Cruz's Hurricane (Ringling International Festival), Sharr White's The Other Place (MCC), Larry Keigwin's 12 Chairs & Exit (The Joyce Theater), Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still (Roundabout), Sam Hunter's 5 Genocides (Clubbed Thumb), Josh Schmidt and David Simpatico's Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle (Primary Stages / Premieres), Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson's Giant (Signature), Dan LeFranc's Sixty Miles To Silver Lake (SoHo Rep / P73), Martin Sherman's adaptation of Tennessee William's The Roman Spring Of Mrs. Stone (Parco Productions, Tokyo / Osaka), Sam Forman's The Rise And Fall Of Annie Hall (Stage 13), Michael John LaChiusa and Ellen Fitzhugh's Tres Ninas (Premieres) and Nicholas Hope's The Colour Of Panic (Sydney Opera House / Det Apne Theatre, Oslo)
He has designed NYC premieres of Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced (Lincoln Center Theatre, 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner), Jen Silverman's The Moors (Playwrights Realm), Bess Wohl's American Hero (2econd Stage), Woody Harrelson's Bullet For Adolf (New World Stages) Adam Mathias and Brad Alexander's See Rock City And Other Destinations (Transport Group), Robert Farquhar's Bad Jazz (The Play Company), and Noah Haidle's Rag And Bone (Rattlestick), and critically acclaimed revivals of Tennessee William's Summer and Smoke, David Greenspan's solo rendition of Strange Interlude, Willian Inge's Picnic and Come Back Little Sheba in repertory, Mart Crowley's The Boys In The Band & John Van Druten's I Remember Mama (Transport Group), Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 (Atlantic Theatre Company), Jean Genet's The Maids (Red Bull Theatre), and Michael Frayn's Benefactors (Keen Company).
His work has been presented at major theaters around the US including Center Theatre Group, The Geffen Playhouse, The Humana Festival, The Hollywood Bowl, The Old Globe, Huntington Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Deaf West / Wallis Annenberg Center, Shakespeare Theatre D.C., Denver Center Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, South Coast Rep., Woolly Mammoth, Two River Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, The Studio Theatre D.C., Trinity Rep., Yale Opera, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Signature Theatre Company, and others.
Australian credits include: Some Explicit Polaroids (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), The Cold Child and Live Acts On Stage (Griffin Theatre Company) and Push Up 1-3 (Parade Studio), as well as "The Roast," for the ABC2 network.
Dane has served on the advisory committee for Lincoln Center Theatre's LCT3 and as a guest artist / guest designer at Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, NYU, Carnegie-Mellon University, Interlochen Arts Academy, The University of Western Sydney and NIDA. He is currently on the faculty at Purchase College.
Dane won a 2017 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Set and Costume design and has been nominated for a Tony Award, 2 Drama Desk Awards, 5 American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Awards, an Ovation Award (LA) and a Sydney Theatre Award as well as numerous regional accolades.