We’re Putting Pins In It: 7 Stunning Sets

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I’m excited to say that @ This Stage has taken to Pinterest. I’m a huge fan of Pinterest (not only for inspiration, but for organizing ideas and resources) and I’m looking forward to adding more to our boards as time goes on. Follow us, suggest pins to add to our boards, suggest inspiring boards for us to follow.

Here are seven examples from a board that I’ve been having fun starting to build that I’m calling “Stunning Sets.” These particularly caught my eye, so I’ve included a little bit about why I like them. (And looking at some of these designers’ portfolios has me wanting to pin every design they’ve ever created…) Check into our board often to see what’s new there!

Pique Dame (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

designed by Richard Hudson

Pique Dame
I love the starkness and unexpected feeling of this. Everything feels so overwhelming and overbearing, like you’ll never catch your footing, you’ll scramble and scramble and just end up a skeleton in the middle of a vast space.

Cleo, Camping & Emmanuelle (Bolton Octagon, UK)

designed by Atlanta Duffy

cleo camping

Not just a well-detailed camper design, homey and lived-in, but the frame looming over the characters feels like a cage as much as it feels like freedom.

Major Barbara (A.C.T.)

designed by Daniel Ostling

major barbara

I’d love to see more of this one; it feels functional for staging and seems incredibly bold — matching Barbara’s ideals with, of course, the bombs that are ever-present and obscuring.

Necronomicon (Dramaten Theatre, Stockholm)

designed by Sören Brunes


I’m a horror fan, so this got me very excited. This cave is not only huge with oppressive stalactites but is also a terrifying hospital/warehouse/torture chamber-type space. Very unsettling and I love it.

Our Town (Williamstown Theatre Festival)

designed by David Korins

Our Town

I usually feel that minimalism is taken too far when people produce Our Town, and I really appreciate the simple impact of all these chairs. I feel like everyone in Grover’s Corners has a seat in this design and I feel so drawn in to meet everyone.

Sense and Sensibility (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre)

designed by Kevin Depinet

sense and sensibility

Look at all the grandeur! It’s sweeping and epic and full of hope and promise (yet with sneaky dark corners hiding, lurking).

Gounod’s Faust (Semperoper Dresden, Germany)

designed by Es Devlin

gounod's faust

The various mirrors not only convey vanity and self-reflection, but also have a carnival-hall-of-mirrors feel; they make you question what and who is the real thing. The path is not clear.

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Mandi Moss

Mandi Moss

Mandi's been acting, producing, scenic painting, costume designing and directing in Los Angeles since the early 2000's with a particular interest in new works and creative storytelling. She’s a former member of Theatre of NOTE and a current member of Sacred Fools Theater Company. She’s also a proud professional clown and the Managing Editor of @ This Stage.