Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. In the 1998 ceremony the category was separated, to honor both plays and musicals. The category was reinstated in the 2010 ceremony.

Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Set Design
Awarded forOutstanding Set Design
LocationUnited States
Presented byDrama Desk
Currently held byBob Crowley for An American in Paris (2015)

† - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
‡ - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Winners and nominees


Year Designer Production
Boris Aronson Zorba
Ming Cho Lee Billy


Year Designer Production
Boris Aronson Company
Jo Mielziner Child's Play
Fred Voelpe The Memory Bank
Boris Aronson Follies
Sally Jacobs A Midsummer Night's Dream
Robin Wagner Lenny
Santo Loquasto Sticks and Bones
That Championship Season
Kert Lundell Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Robert U. Taylor The Beggar's Opera
Victor Garcia and Fabian Puigserver Yerma
David Jenkins The Changing Room
Tony Walton Pippin
Franne Lee and Eugene Lee Candide
David Mitchell Short Eyes
Douglas W. Schmidt Over Here!
Veronica's Room
Carl Toms Sherlock Holmes
John Conklin Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Tom H. John The Wiz
Scott Johnson Dance with Me
John Napier Equus
Julia Trevelyan Oman Brief Lives
William Ritman God's Favorite
Franco Zeffirelli Saturday Sunday Monday
Boris Aronson Pacific Overtures
John Lee Beatty Knock Knock
Santo Loquasto Kennedy's Children
Robert U. Taylor Lamppost Reunion
James Tilton A Memory of Two Mondays / 27 Wagons Full of Cotton
They Knew What They Wanted
Santo Loquasto American Buffalo
The Cherry Orchard
John Lee Beatty The Innocents
Clarke Dunham Hagar's Children
George C. Jenkins Sly Fox
Robert Randolph Porgy and Bess
Douglas W. Schmidt The Crazy Locomotive
The Robber Bridegroom
Robin Wagner On the Twentieth Century
Edward Gorey Dracula
Judie Juracek P.S. Your Cat Is Dead
Santo Loquasto The Play's the Thing
David Mitchell The Gin Game
William Ritman Deathtrap
John Wulp The Crucifer of Blood
Wilford Leach All's Well That Ends Well
Eugene Lee Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Santo Loquasto King of Hearts
Steven Rubin On Golden Pond


Year Designer Production
John Lee Beatty Talley's Folly
David Jenkins The Art of Dining
I Ought to Be in Pictures
David Mitchell Barnum
William Ritman Morning's at Seven
Douglas W. Schmidt Sidewalkin'
John Lee Beatty Fifth of July
John Bury Amadeus
Wilford Leach and Bob Shaw The Pirates of Penzance
Douglas W. Schmidt Frankenstein
Robin Wagner Dreamgirls
David Chapman The First
Laurie Dennett The Dresser
Eugene Lee The Hothouse
Santo Loquasto Crossing Niagara
Stuart Wurtzel Henry IV
Ming Cho Lee K2
John Gunter All's Well That Ends Well
Andrew Jackness Geniuses
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Extremities
Present Laughter
Kert Lundell Johnny Got His Gun
Douglas W. Schmidt Death of Von Richthofen Witnessed from Earth
Tony Straiges Sunday in the Park with George
Michael Annals Noises Off
Peter Larkin The Rink
David Potts Full Hookup
Bill Stabile Spookhouse
Tony Walton The Real Thing
Heidi Ettinger Big River
John Lee Beatty The Octette Bridge Club
Clarke Dunham Grind
James Leonard Joy Digby
Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Requiem for a Heavyweight
Ralph Koltai Much Ado About Nothing
Kevin Rigdon Balm in Gilead
Tony Walton Social Security
The House of Blue Leaves
William Barclay Goblin Market
Ming Cho Lee Execution of Justice
Thomas Lynch Little Footsteps
Bob Shaw Hamlet
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
John Napier Les Misérables
Starlight Express
Bob Crowley Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Edward Gianfrancesco North Shore Fish
John Gunter Wild Honey
Martin Johns Me and My Girl
Tony Walton The Front Page
Maria Björnson The Phantom of the Opera
Scott Bradley Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Eiko Ishioka M. Butterfly
Tony Straiges Into the Woods
Tony Walton Anything Goes
Santo Loquasto Italian American Reconciliation
Café Crown
Loy Arcenas Reckless
John Lee Beatty Aristocrats
Thomas Lynch The Heidi Chronicles
James Morgan Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tony Walton Lend Me a Tenor


Year Designer Production
Robin Wagner City of Angels
Edward Gianfrancesco The Widow's Blind Date
Kevin Rigdon The Grapes of Wrath
Tony Walton Grand Hotel
Heidi Ettinger The Secret Garden
David Gallo Machinal
Richard Hudson La Bête
Andrew Jackness Road to Nirvana
Tony Walton Guys and Dolls
John Conklin 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Joe Vanek Dancing at Lughnasa
Robin Wagner Crazy for You
James Youmans Bella, Belle of Byelorussia
John Arnone and Wendall K. Harrington The Who's Tommy
Mark Beard Brother Truckers
Heidi Ettinger One Shoe Off
Guy-Claude Francois Les Atrides
Jerome Sirlin Kiss of the Spider Woman
Ian MacNeil An Inspector Calls
Bob Crowley Carousel
Peter J. Davison Medea
Marina Draghici The Lights
Adrianne Lobel Passion
George Tsypin In the Summer House
Eugene Lee Show Boat
Bob Crowley Hapgood
Stephen Brimson Lewis Indiscretions
Santo Loquasto A Month in the Country
Mark Thompson Arcadia
James Youmans The Petrified Prince


Year Designer Production
Phelim McDermott, Julian Crouch and Basil Twist The Addams Family
Sandra Goldmark The Boys in the Band
Derek McLane Ragtime
Christopher Oram Red
Jay Rohloff Underground
Karen Tennent Hansel and Gretel
Derek McLane Anything Goes
Rachel Hauck Orange, Hat & Grace
David Korins and Zachary Borovay Lombardi
Derek McLane Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Tony Straiges Treasure Island
Mark Wendland The Merchant of Venice
Jon Driscoll, Rob Howell and Paul Kieve Ghost the Musical
David Gallo The Mountaintop
Roger Hanna A Little Journey
David Korins Assistance
Derek McLane Follies
Rob Howell Matilda the Musical
Mimi Lien The Whale
Santo Loquasto The Assembled Parties
Anna Louizos The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Michael Yeargan Golden Boy
David Zinn The Flick
Christopher Barreca Rocky the Musical
Alexander Dodge A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Richard Hoover Small Engine Repair
Santo Loquasto Bullets Over Broadway
Ian MacNeil A Doll's House
Donyale Werle The Explorers Club
Bob Crowley An American in Paris
Christine Jones Let the Right One In
David Korins Hamilton
Mimi Lien An Octoroon
Scott Pask The Visit
Daniel Zimmerman Fashions for Men

See also


  • "Drama Desk Award for Set Design". Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
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