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RECEIVED THE 2017 BERKSHIRE THEATRE CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR BEST SET DESIGN

NOMINATED FOR A 2016 EMMY AWARD (BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND) FOR "THE KATE" TV SERIES

 
Brian Prather is a New York City based scenic designer for theatre and live events.  With over one hundred productions to his credit, Brian's work has been seen in venues both familiar and unexpected: from Off-Broadway, to an abandoned storefront in Tennessee, to the Chungmu Arts Hall in Seoul, South Korea.
Brian's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway designs include Freud's Last Session, one of the longest running productions in Off-Broadway history. He has since designed the production for theatres in Detroit, Chicago (winning the Jeff Award for Scenic Design), L.A. (starring Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh) and a recent re-imagined production at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. Other Off-Broadway designs include Patrick Barlow's new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, as well as premiere productions at Playwright's Horizons, The Duke on 42nd, the Westside Theatre, among others.
Regional and other work includes designs for Goodspeed Musicals, the Alley Theatre, TheaterWorks Hartford, The Hangar Theatre, Shakespeare on the Sound, Virginia Repertory Theatre, the Mercury Theatre, the Broad Stage, and the Tennessee Theatre.  
For over a decade Brian has designed for Barrington Stage Company, spending several of those years developing new musicals as resident designer for the New Musical Theatre Lab curated by William Finn and Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Brian was recently made an Associate Artist at Barrington Stage Co., joining a select group of directors, playwrights, and actors.
Internationally, Brian designed the world premiere of the new musical Minyeo-neun Goerowo in Seoul, South Korea, based on the popular Korean film.
Brian has also designed a variety of other projects, most recently the original music performance series "The Kate" for Connecticut Public Television. He has also designed the 2014/15 New Year's Eve concert for the Black Lillies as well as the CD release concert for their "Runaway Freeway Blues" national tour.  Other projects include the production design for the short film "Speck's Last," the design for the Hangar Theatre's 2012 gala, and two years designing the downtown window displays for the City of Knoxville, TN's "Christmas in the City" celebration.
Education is also a major component of Brian's career, having headed the design concentration at Alvernia University after several years teaching set design at Ithaca College.  Brian has also been a visiting artist at NYU, the Yale Dramat, and Emerson College.
Brian holds an MFA in Design from Brandeis University and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Listen to an interview with Brian for "in 1: the podcast," hosted by lighting designer Cory Pattak:  #12 Brian Prather

SELECTED RESUME . . . COMPLETE C.V. AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

 

UPCOMING PROJECTS

The Black Lillies New Years Eve Concert 2017 - Bijou Theatre, TN

The Magic Flute   - Michael Unger, dir. - St. Petersburg Opera, FL

 

OFF-BROADWAY

Daniel's Husband   - Joe Brancato, dir. - Primary Stages

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown   - Michael Unger, dir. - The York Theatre

Widowers' Houses  - David Staller, dir. - TACT/Gingold Theatrical Group - Theatre Row: Samuel Beckett Theatre

Would You Still Love Me If (premiere) - Kathleen Turner, dir. - New World Stages

A Christmas Carol   (Patrick Barlow adap., NY premiere)  -  Joe Calarco, dir.  -  Theatre at St. Clements

Becoming Dr. Ruth   (NY premiere, with Debra Jo Rupp)  -  Julianne Boyd, dir.  -  Westside Theatre

The Preacher and the Shrink   (premiere)  -  Steven Yuhasz, dir.  -  Theatre Row-Samuel Beckett Theatre

The Memory Show   (NY premiere) - Joe Calarco, dir. - Transport Group/The Duke on 42nd St.

Nymph Errant  - William Pomerantz, dir. - Prospect Theatre Co.

Iron Curtain   (premiere) - Cara Reichel, dir. - Prospect Theatre Co.

WTC View  - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - 59E59 Theatres

Freud's Last Session  (NY premiere) - Tyler Marchant, dir. - Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre/New World Stages

The Burnt Part Boys  (NY premiere) - Joe Calarco, dir. - Playwrights Horizons

Fugitive Songs  (premiere) - Joe Calarco, dir. - Dreamlight Theatre Co.

 

NATIONAL TOUR

A Night With Janis Joplin (National Tour)   - Randy Johnson, dir.

 

SELECT NEW YORK, REGIONAL and OTHER

Mary Poppins  - Chase Kniffen, dir. - Virginia Repertory Theatre

She Loves Me   - Maggie Cahill, dir. - Capitol Rep., NY

Fall River (premiere)   - Joe Brancato, dir. - Penguin Rep., NY

The Devil's Music   - Joe Brancato, dir. - Mosaic Theater, DC

This   - Louisa Proske, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Mamma Mia   - Maggie Cahill, dir. - Capital Rep, NY

Ragtime   - Joe Calarco, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Macbeth   - Claire Kelly, dir. - Shakespeare on the Sound, CT

The Cottage   - Richard Rose, dir. - The Barter Theatre, VA

Camelot   - Maggie Cahill, dir. - Capital Repertory, NY

I Am My Own Wife   - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - About Face Theatre Co., Chicago

relativity   (premiere, with Richard Dreyfuss)   - Rob Ruggiero, dir. - TheaterWorks Hartford, CT

A Night With Janis Joplin   - Randy Johnson, dir. - Capital Repertory, NY

American Son  (premiere)   - Julianne Boyd, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Hamlet   - Claire Kelly, dir.   - Shakespeare on the Sound, CT

Sex With Strangers  - Rob Ruggiero, dir. - TheaterWorks, Hartford

Gypsy  - Chase Kniffen, dir. - Virginia Repertory Theatre

Playing the Assassin  - Joe Brancato, dir. - Delaware Theatre Co.

A Wonderful Life  - Michael Perlman - Goodspeed Musicals, CT

Engagements  (premiere) - Louisa Proske, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Merrily We Roll Along  - John Simpkins, dir. - Sharon Playhouse, CT

South Pacific  - Chase Kniffen, dir. - Virginia Repertory Theatre

Shining City  - Christopher Innvar, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

All's Well That Ends Well  - Mary Robinson, dir. - Shakespeare on the Sound, CT

Abraham Lincoln Was a Faggot  (premiere) - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - About Face Theatre, Chicago

Butler  - Joe Discher, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Playing the Assassin  - Joe Brancato, dir. - TheaterWorks, Hartford, CT

Dancing Lessons  - Julianne Boyd, dir. - TheaterWorks, Hartford, CT

Playing the Assassin  (premiere) - Joe Brancato, dir. - Penguin Rep., NY

Romance in Hard Times  (workshop of new revision with William Finn) - Joe Calarco, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Breaking the Code  - Joe Calarco, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

A Rockin' Midsummer Nights Dream - Michael Unger, dir. - 12.14 Foundation, Newtown, CT

Two Gentleman of Verona  - Claire Kelly, dir. - Shakespeare on the Sound, CT

The Other Place - Christopher Innvar, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Becoming Dr. Ruth   (set and projection design, with Debra Jo Rupp) - Julianne Boyd, dir. - Parker Playhouse, FL

Freud's Last Session  - Tyler Marchant, dir, - The Alley Theatre, TX

Fiddler on the Roof  - Richard Parrison, dir. - Virginia Repertory Theatre

Gypsy  (BroadwayWorld Central NY Award Best Set Design) - Stephanie Yankwitt, dir  - The Hangar Theatre, NY

Muckrakers   (premiere) - Giovanna Sardelli - Barrington Stage Co., MA

As You Like It  - Claire Kelly, dir. - Shakespeare on the Sound, CT

Becoming Dr. Ruth   (set and projection design, with Debra Jo Rupp) - Julianne Boyd, dir. - TheaterWorks, Hartford

The Fabulous Lipitones  - Gordon Greenberg, dir. - Goodspeed Musicals, CT

The Columnist  - Kate Alexander, dir. - Florida Studio Theatre

Freud's Last Session   (with Judd Hirsch and Tom Cavanagh) - Tyler Marchant, dir. - The Broad Stage, Los Angeles

A Christmas Carol   (Patrick Barlow adap., premiere) - Joe Calarco, dir. - Delaware Theatre Co.

The Trip to Bountiful  - Stephanie Yankwitt, dir. - The Hangar Theatre, NY

The North Pool - Giovanna Sardelli, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Dr. Ruth: All the Way   (set and projection design, with Debra Jo Rupp) - Julianne Boyd, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Freud's Last Session   (Jeff Award for Best Set Design) - Tyler Marchant, dir. - The Mercury Theatre, Chicago

Minyeo-neun Goerowo   (revival) - Gina Lee, dir. - Chungmu Art Hall, Seoul, South Korea

Four Dogs and a Bone  - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - Berkshire Actors Theatre, MA

Mormons, Mothers, and Monsters   (premiere, set and projection design) - Adrienne Campbell-Holt, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Going to St. Ives  - Tyler Marchant, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Rounding Third - Stephanie Yankwitt, dir. - The Hangar Theatre, NY

The Memory Show  (premiere) - Joe Calarco, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Poolboy  (premiere) - Daniella Topol, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

The 39 Steps  - Wendy Dann, dir. - The Hangar Theatre, NY

Shakespeare's R&J  - Rob Ruggiero, dir. - TheaterWorks, Hartford

A Streetcar Named Desire  - Julianne Boyd, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Freud's Last Session  (premiere) - Tyler Marchant, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Underneath the Lintel  (set and projection design) - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

The Year of Magical Thinking  - Steve Campo, dir. - TheatreWorks, Hartford

Minyeo-neun Goerowo  (premiere) - Kim Dong-hyuk, dir. - Chungmu Art Hall, Seoul, South Korea

This Wonderful Life  - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Castronauts  - William Pomerantz, dir. - The Zipper Factory/NY Musical Festival

The Two of You  (premiere) - Margarett Perry, dir. - The Kitchen Theatre, NY

No Child  - Rob Ruggiero, dir. - TheaterWorks, Hartford

See Rock City  (premiere) - Kevin Del Aguila, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

My Scary Girl  (premiere) - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick  (premiere, set and projection design) - Joe Calarco, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

I Am My Own Wife  - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Old Times  (set and lighting design) - Margarett Perry - The Kitchen Theatre, NY

Bed No Breakfast  (premiere, lighting design) - Rachel Lampert, dir. - The Kitchen Theatre, NY

Fully Committed  - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Fair Game  - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - Theatre Row-Lion, NYC

Funked Up Fairytales  - Kevin Del Aguila, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Calvin Berger  (premiere) - Stephen Terrell, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Badge  - Jenn Thompson, dir. - The Rattlestick Theatre, NYC

A Picasso  - Tyler Marchant, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Mame  - Julianne Boyd, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Disorder  (premiere) - Jack Cummings III, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Travels With My Discontent  (premiere) - William Finn, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

The Burnt Part Boys  (premiere) - Joe Calarco, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

The Collyer Brothers At Home & Period Piece  - Chris Innvar, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

The Exonerated  - Rob Ruggiero, dir. - TheaterWorks, Hartford

My Heart and My Flesh  (premiere) - Courtney O'Connor, dir, - Boston Playwrights Theatre

Santaland Diaries  - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

Thief River  - Andrew Volkoff, dir. - Barrington Stage Co., MA

 

EVENTS, TELEVISION, FILM, and OTHER PROJECTS

NewArts (formerly 12.14 Foundation) annual benefit productions for the children of Sandy Hook, CT   2014-present

Faust Symphony - Hartford Symphony Orchestra - Symphony performance with original monologues

"Life Lessons" televised panel discussion series - Connecticut Public Television

"The Kate" nationally televised live concert performance series - Connecticut Public Television

The Black Lillies 2014-15 New Year's Eve concert - Tennessee Theatre

The Black Lillies "Runaway Freeway Blues" national tour opening concert and CD release event - Tennessee Theatre

"Speck's Last"  (film - production design) - Mark DeChiazza & Mike Dowling - Hilltown Pictures

Design of Barrington Stage Co. Stage 2 performance space (now the St. Germain Stage), MA

"Christmas in the City" - Design for multiple storefront windows - Knoxville, TN

 

AWARDS

Emmy Award Nomination: Set Design (Regional: New England) for "The Kate" concert television series, CT Public Television

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association Award: Best Scenic Design for Ragtime

Joseph Jefferson Award: Set Design (Chicago) for Freud's Last Session

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

United Scenic Artists Local 829

Associate Artist at Barrington Stage Co.

Resident Designer for the New Musical Theatre Lab at Barrington Stage Co.   2006 - 2011

 

ACADEMIC PROJECTS

Water By the Spoonful  - Nathan Thomas, dir. - Alvernia University Theatre

Low Level Panic (regional KCACTF finalist)  - Nathan Thomas, dir. - Alvernia University Theatre

What Mighty Magic  - Nathan Thomas, dir. - Alvernia University Theatre

Creation  - Nathan Thomas, dir. - Alvernia University Theatre

King Lear  - Nathan Thomas, dir. - Alvernia University Theatre

Beggar On Horseback  - Nathan Thomas, dir. - Alvernia University Theatre

Plumfield, Iraq  - Cynthia Henderson, dir. - Ithaca College Theatre, NY

L'Enfant et les Sortileges / Cendrillon  - David Lefkowich, dir. - Ithaca College Theatre, NY

La Finta Giardeniera  - David Lefkowich, dir. - Ithaca College Theatre, NY

On the Town  - MichaelJohn McGann, dir. - The Hartt School, CT

Festival of New Work   - Various Directors - NYU Dept. of Dramatic Writing

Urinetown  - Dana Harrel, dir. - Yale Dramatic Association, CT

Working  - Stephen Terrell, dir. - Cutler Majestic Theatre, MA

 

ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

Alvernia University, Assistant Professor of Design   2012 - 2015

Ithaca College, Assistant Professor of Scenic Design   2007 - 2012

University of Hartford, The Hartt School, Visiting Artist   2008

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Dept. of Dramatic Writing, Visiting Artist, 2006 - 2007

Yale University Dramatic Association, Visiting Artist   2006

Emerson College, Visiting Artist   2005

Pellissippi State, Resident Designer and Technical Director   1995 - 2002

 

EDUCATION

Brandeis University, Department of Theatre Arts   Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design, emphasis in Scenic Design   2005