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Robert D. Mitchell

Designer, Assistant
( b. Apr 14, 1929 Passaic, New Jersey, USA - d. Aug 18, 2006 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Also known as: Robert Mitchell
Relations: Partner of Patrick Horrigan (1961 - 2006) Mitchell's death

Robert Mitchell began his design career at Yale, where he studied with Donald Oenslager. He later assisted Jo Mielziner on the design of the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center and 17 other theaters across the United States.

Off-Broadway credits include the English-language world premiere of Jean Genet's The Screens at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as designs for Circle in the Square, The American Place Theatre, The Denver Center, and the Roundabout Theatre Company.

International design credits include many productions in England and Canada; the ballet La Peri for the Paris Opera; Medea starring Melina Mercouri and Oedipus Tyrannos in Greece. Oedipus, originally produced in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus became Greece's entry to the 1983 Europalia Festival in Brussels and to the Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival in 1984.

He also designed concerts for David Bowie and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

Dance designs include The Lottery and L'Absence for The Harkness Ballet, Cantique des Cantiques for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and In Retrospect, Equinox, Under the Sun, American Rhapsody and The Veil for the Pennsylvania Ballet.

In 1970, Mr. Mitchell became the Director of Design and Theatre Technology at the Annenberg Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

In later years, Mr. Mitchell assisted dance companies with limited resources for scenic design. These included the National Dance Institute headed by Jacques D'Amboise, and the Sachiyo Ito Dance Company.

He also consulted on the design of many theatres, including Ford Center for the Performing Arts (now the Lyric) on Broadway.

ProductionsDate of Productions
Chu Chem
[Musical, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Robert Mitchell
Apr 07, 1989 - May 14, 1989
Oedipus Rex
[Play, Foreign Lang.,Tragedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Robert D. Mitchell
Jul 17, 1984 - Jul 22, 1984
A Meeting by the River
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Robert Mitchell
Mar 28, 1979 - Mar 28, 1979
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Robert D. Mitchell
May 31, 1977 - Oct 17, 1979
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
[Play, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Robert Mitchell
Apr 24, 1977 - Sep 03, 1977
[Musical, Original]
  • American Scenic Supervision by Robert Mitchell
Jan 12, 1977 - Feb 13, 1977
A Little Night Music
[Musical, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • Assistant to Mr. Aronson: Robert Mitchell
Feb 25, 1973 - Aug 03, 1974
[Play, Drama, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Scenic Design by Robert D. Mitchell
Jan 17, 1973 - Mar 18, 1973
The Sudden & Accidental Re-Education of Horse Johnson
[Play, Original]
  • Scenic Design by Robert D. Mitchell
Dec 18, 1968 - Dec 21, 1968
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