Theater & Music Theater Past Faculty

Riccardo Hernandez

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Riccardo Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Theater Design at SUNY Purchase and a Lecturer in Theater at Princeton University. He eared his MFA in 1992 from the Yale School of Drama. He has designed over 250 productions at most leading regional theaters and opera across the US and internationally.


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 Award Best Play-also Royal Court, London), Elaine Stritch at Liberty (also West End’s Old Vic & National Tour), Parade (Hal Prince director, Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), Bells Are Ringing, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (also National Tours and Japan), The Tempest. Recent: Grounded by George Brant, directed by Julie Taymor, The Library directed by film director Steven Soderbergh, for New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, King Lear directed by Arin Arbus for Theater For A New Audience, for Avignon Festival (France): La Mouette (Cour D’Honneur, Palais des Papes), Jan Karski, Mon Nom Est Fiction (Opera Theatre and Teatr Polski, Warsaw); World Premiere of Il Postino (Sets and Costumes) with Placido Domingo for Los Angeles Opera, also at Theatre du Chatelet Paris, Theater an der Wien Vienna, PBS Telecast; World Premiere of Philip Glass’ Appomatox for San Francisco Opera, Abigail’s Party (Oslo National Theater, Norway), The Dead New Adaptation by Frank McGuiness (Abbey Theater, Dublin), A Coffin in Egypt (Sets and Costumes) Word Premiere composed by Ricky Ian Gordon for Houston Grand Opera, Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail (Opera de Nice, France), Il Tabarro/I Pagliacci, Sweeney Todd (Opera Theater of Saint Louis), The Lost Highway Sets and Costumes (Diane Paulus director, London’s English National Opera/Young Vic).


The America Play, One Flea Spare, Stuff Happens, Blade to the Heat (Audelco Award), TopDog/UnderDog, Noise/Funk, Mother Courage (starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline) both directed by George C. Wolfe (also collaborations with: Diane Paulus, Mary Zimmerman, Daniel Sullivan, Mark Brokaw, Kathleen Marshall, Mark Lamos, Ron Daniels, Graciela Daniele, others), BAM, Lincoln Center, TFANA, Atlantic Theater (collaborations with film director Ethan Cohen), Second Stage (Let Me Down Easy written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith, also PBS Great Performances), NYTW, MTC, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, etc. Regional: American Repertory Theater (collaborations with Diane Paulus, Ron Daniels, Robert Woodruff, Janos Szasz, Arthur Nauzyciel, Robert Brustein), Guthrie, Goodman, Taper, La Jolla, Steppenwolf, McCarter, Yale Repertory Theater, etc. Opera: Don Giovanni (Diane Paulus director, Chicago Opera), Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun (Mark Lamos director, New York City Opera), Amistad (George C. Wolfe director, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Houston Grand Opera, FGO, Santa Fe Opera, Gotham Opera NYC, etc.


Festival Automne Paris, Orleans CDN France, Teatro Real de Madrid, Det Norske Teatret, Oslo Norway, MXAT (Moscow Art Theater), Singapore International Festival of Arts.


Splendid’s by Jean Genet for Centre Dramatique National d’Orleans – French National Tour, The Tempest directed by Michael Greif, Cymbeline directed by Dan Sullivan, both for Delacorte Theater, Confederacy of Dunces directed by David Esbjorson for Huntington Theatre Company, La Traviata for Canadian Opera Company, Don Giovanni for Santa Fe Opera, La Boheme for Opera Theater of Saint Louis.


Princess Grace Statue Award, Drama Desks, Connecticut Critics Circle, Helen Hayes, Audelco, American Theater Wing, Boston Elliot Norton Award, others.