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Last week, CCM’s Theatre Design & Production students were given a special treat: a visit from acclaimed scenic and projection designer David Gallo. With designs spanning the gamut from Broadway musicals to rock concert tours, Gallo’s work is highly respected in the field, evidenced by his Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Set Design (The Drowsy Chaperone, 2006).

Some of Gallo’s most notable projects include the sets for the Tony Award-winning musicals Memphis and Thoroughly Modern Millie; numerous sets for Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright August Wilson including Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf, which earned him two more Tony nominations; sets for theaters internationally including work throughout Europe and Asia; set and creative designs for jamband Phish; and set and production designs for many family and children’s tours including the 135th Ringling Bros. Circus and live performances of Yo Gabba Gabba, Madagascar, Blue’s Clues, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Clifford the Big Red Dog and many more. His work on Elmo’s Christmas Countdown for Sesame Street resulted in him receiving a Muppet in his likeness.

Gallo is visiting Cincinnati working with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park on their upcoming production of Thunder. For more information or to see more of Gallo’s work, visit

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