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Alexander Dodge is an award winning international set and costume designer for musicals, plays, opera and dance. He has designed productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Berlin. He was born in Switzerland, raised in Arizona and lives in Manhattan.

Alexander is recently represented on Broadway with the smash hit musical, Anastasia directed by Darko Tresnjak. On Broadway he also designed the hit musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for which he received a Drama Desk Nomination, an Outer Critics Circle Nomination, and a Tony Award Nomination.  Other Broadway credits include: Present Laughter (Tony Award Nomination) directed by Nicholas Martin, Old Acquaintance, Butley, and Hedda Gabler.

He opens the Metropolitan Opera season and makes his debut with Samson et Dalila this fall directed by Darko Tresnjak.  Other opera design work includes the upcoming world premiere of The Thirteenth Child for Santa Fe Opera in 2019, Dinner at Eight directed by Tomer Zvulun for Minnesota Opera and Wexford Festival, Ireland; The Ghosts of Versaillesfor L.A. Opera;  An American Tragedy for the Glimmerglass Festival; La Rondine for Opera Theatre of St Louis;  Il Trittico for Deutsche Oper Berlin;  and Lohengrin for Budapest National Opera.

Off Broadway his work includes Harry Clarke directed by Leigh Silverman for the Vineyard and Minetta Lane Theatres,   Ripcord directed by David Hyde Pierce for Manhattan Theater Club.  Lips Together Teeth Apart, Modern Terrorism, All New People, and Trust all directed by Peter DuBois, and Theresa Rebeck’s The Water’s Edge for Second Stage. Rapture Blister Burn (also Boston and Los Angeles) directed by Peter DuBois and Maple and Vine directed by Anne Kauffman for Playwrights Horizons. For the Roundabout Theatre the premiere of Ms. Rebeck’s The Understudy directed by Scott Ellis, at Lincoln Center Theater the John Guare premiere Chaucer in Rome and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme (Lucille Lortel Award Winner) both directed by Nicholas Martin. At the Public Theatre he designed David Grimm’s Measure for Pleasure directed by Peter DuBois.

For London’s West End he designed All New People written by and starring Zach Braff directed by Peter Dubois, as well as the tour in Manchester and Glasgow. Internationally he has also designed at The Gate Theatre in Dublin and the Stratford Festival of Canada.

He designed Rear Window starring Kevin Bacon directed by Darko Tresnjak at Hartford Stage and a brand new version of Disney’s musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame directed by Scott Schwartz for the La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse as well as international tours in Tokyo and Berlin.

He has designed at most major American regional theaters, among them: Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, CenterStage, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Theater Center, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, The Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theatre, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Yale Repertory Theatre.

For television he designed the sets for Julie's Greenroom starring Julie Andrews and Henson's Muppets that is currently available on Netflix.

He has also been the recipient of 2 Elliot Norton Awards, 3 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, 3 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, 3 San Diego Critics Circle Awards and a Bay Area Critics Award.

Alexander was born in Bern, Switzerland to an American father and a German mother. He grew up at Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona. His father studied with Frank Lloyd Wright and continues to work for the school and foundation. While studying at Bennington College he spent semester abroad at London’s Motley Theatre Design Course. He later trained with Ming Cho Lee and earned an MFA at the Yale School of Drama.

Alexander lives in Manhattan with his husband, Charlie and their two sons Nicholas and George.


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May 18, 2018

HGTV: How These TV and Broadway Rooms Could Inspire Design

A Broadway set designer and interior designers reveal how to bring ideas from the sets of ‘Victoria,’ ‘Anastasia,’ ‘Riverdale’ and other shows and musicals into your home.

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August 14, 2014

Barreca, Dodge, And More Design 2014 Behind The Scenes Holiday Cards

The PLASA Foundation announces its 2014 Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards, created by an impressive array of all-star designers and young talent – Chris Barreca, Marci Bilske, Alexander Dodge, Andrew Hefter, Todd Rosenthal, and Donyale Werle.

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January 30, 2011

Alexander Dodge Discusses The Winter’s Tale

Guthrie Theatre Podcast

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November 8, 2007

Here’s to Alexander Dodge

So I try to remind people that the best theatre design this town has seen over the past few years has come from the drawing board of Alexander Dodge, whose latest set, for Brendan (above), neatly encapsulates its Boston locale in a potent metaphor...

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June 29, 2007

From Sketch to Stage

New York Times, By Erik Piepenburg

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