Designer Round Table with Riccardo Hernández, Nevin Steinberg, and Lap Chi Chu


Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Foundations in Design: Scenography 1 (TDM 151) with Dede Ayite welcomes Scenic Designer Riccardo Hernández, Sound Designer Nevin Steinberg ’89, and Lighting Designer Lap Chi Chu in a Designer Round Table. Join the Round Table for illuminating conversations with these master artists on their approach, artistic practices, and the relationship between design and culture.

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Nevin Steinberg’s recent projects include Hamilton on Broadway, in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and on US Tour; Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, in London and on US Tour, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical in the West End, Hamburg, Utrecht and on Broadway, Hadestown (Tony Award) on Broadway, Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star on Broadway and Rodgers+ Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony nomination). He designed over thirty Broadway productions with Acme Sound Partners and received five additional Tony nominations for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair, In The Heights.

Steinberg serves as the Audio Consultant for Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in English and American Literature and Language, and in 2011 completed a Certificate Program in Arts Management at NYU's School for Continuing Professional Studies. Nevin is Trustee of the Town Hall Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and support of The Town Hall, a cultural and education center as well as a national historic landmark in the center of Times Square in New York City


Lap Chi Chu is a lighting designer based in New York and Los Angeles. Recent works include Lynn Nottage’s premier of MLIMA’S TALE, Suzan-Lori Park’s, FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS and Sarah DeLappe’s THE WOLVES.

Lap is the recipient of the 2018 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design, Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lighting, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement in Lighting Design, an Ovation award, multiple Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a “Drammy” for best lighting. Formerly Head of Lighting at CalArts, he is now Professor and Head of Lighting design at the University of California Los Angeles.


Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Broadway: Jagged Little Pill (Tony Nomination Best Scenic Design of a Musical); Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Tony Nomination Best Revival of a Play), starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon; Indecent (2017 Tony Award Best Play Nomination); The Gin Game (Sets and Costumes - starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012 Tony Award Best Musical Revival); The People in the Picture (Studio 54); Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change (also Royal National Theater London - 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Musical/2006 London’s Evening Standard Award for Best Musical); TopDog/UnderDog (2002 Pulitzer AwardBest Play-also Royal Court, London); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (also West End’s Old Vic & National Tour); and more. Numerous Awards and Nominations: OBIE AwardSustained Excellence of Scenic DesignHenry Hewes Design Award Outstanding Scenic DesignPrincess Grace Statue Award; Princess Grace Grant, Drama Desks, Connecticut Critics Circle, Helen Hayes, Audelco, American Theater Wing, Boston Elliot Norton Award, Jeff Award, others. Assistant Professor, Theater Design at Yale School of Drama. 1992 Yale School of Drama.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to participate. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please contact Theater, Dance & Media at tdm[at]

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