Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties… | 2016 | photograph: Scott Suchman

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties… | 2016 | photograph: Scott Suchman


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 2018 Tony-winning revival of Lynn Ahren's and Stephen Flaherty's Once On This Island at Circle in the Square for which he received Henry Hewes, 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).

In New York, around the US, and internationally Dane has designed more than 50 world premiere plays and musicals by writers including Todd Almond, Nell Benjamin, Rachel Bonds, Nilo Cruz, David Greenspan, Noah Haidle, Lucas Hnath, Sam Hunter, Sarah Jones, Tom Kitt, Michael John LaChiusa, Dan LeFranc, Matthew Lopez, Craig Lucas, Charles L. Mee, Alan Menken, Kim Rosenstock, Martin Sherman, Jenny Schwartz and Jen Silverman.

Dane’s work in New York has been seen at theatres including Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theatre, The Public Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Company, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, B.A.M. Harvey, Vineyard Theatre, The Joyce, Transport Group, SoHo Rep., Labyrinth, The New Group and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others.

His work has been seen 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, Arena Stage, 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., Baltimore Center Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Two River Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, The Studio Theatre D.C, Yale Opera, Long Wharf Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Signature Theatre Company, and others.

Internationally, Dane has worked in Tokyo, Osaka, Oslo and throughout Australia.

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 on faculty at Purchase College and is a guest lecturer at Fordham University.

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, 8 American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Awards, an Ovation Award (LA) and a Sydney Theatre Award, as well as numerous regional accolades.