Ming Cho Lee Passes Away At 90

Ming Cho Lee a Set Design Titan

Ming Cho LeeBroadway World reports on the passing of Ming Cho Lee.

Ming Cho Lee is one of the foremost theater designers of the past 50 years. He taught full-time at the Yale School of Drama for 48 years and served as chair or co-chair of the design department for 34 years. He is the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts. In addition to his three Henry HewesDesign Awards, he has won two Tony Awards, an Outer Critics Circle award, Drama Desk Awards, and the TCG Practitioner Award. He holds five honorary degrees, and is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.

Lee has designed more than 300 shows worldwide, including Broadway and Off-Broadway, and dance and opera productions. His designs have been shown in retrospectives at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Yale School of Architecture. In 2014, TCG published “Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design” featuring his work.

His work has been shown in a retrospective at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, in Taiwan, and in China, and was also exhibited at the Yale School of Architecture from November 18, 2013 through February 1, 2014. The book Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design, by Arnold Aronson, was published by Theatre Communications Group in the spring of 2014.


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