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Zack Brown


Zack Brown has worked extensively as a set and costume designer for many of the principal dance, opera, and theatre companies in the United States and Europe.

Brown’s previous work for American Ballet Theatre was as set designer on La Sonnambula and Jardin aux Lilas, both of which were filmed for “Dance in America” on PBS.  He also designed the sets for Gaîté Parisienne and RaymondaGrand Pas Classique.

He has designed scenery and costumes for The Nutcracker, for Milwaukee Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet and Alberta Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet’s and Miami City Ballet’s Swan Lake, Act II. His work has also been seen at the Hamburg Ballet for an all-Ravel evening Trilogie, choreographed by John Neumeier and for Balanchine’s Theme and Variations.  For the National Ballet of Canada he designed John Neumeier’s Now and Then to Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. and scenery for Balanchine’s Don Quixote for Suzanne Farrell.

On Broadway Brown designed the sets and costumes for the Tony Award winning revival of On Your Toes starring Natalia Makarova.  In addition, he has worked frequently at the Circle in the Square — most recently for Suddenly Last Summer and Salome with Al Pacino.

As Principal Designer for the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center from 1980 to 1994, he created sets and costumes for forty-two productions.  He has also designed for the Metropolitan Opera (Rigoletto) and the San Francisco Opera (Prince Igor, Don Carlo, Le Nozza de Figaro, and La Gioconda).  He was awarded two Emmys, one for sets and one for costumes, when La Gioconda was telecast.

Brown’s work for American Ballet Theatre includes his designs for Raymonda ((2004), Dorian (2003), Marimba (2001), Swan Lake (2000), Jardin aux Lilas (1990), and the costumes for Getting Closer (1999), Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra (2002) and Glow – Stop (2006).