Alexander Dodge is an award winning international set and costume designer for musicals, plays, opera, and dance, who has designed productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Berlin. He was born in Switzerland, raised in Arizona, and lives in Manhattan.
He designed the hit Broadway and national tour musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, directed by Darko Tresnjak, for which he received his second Tony Award nomination. Other Broadway credits include, Present Laughter (Tony Award nomination), directed by Nicholas Martin, Old Acquaintance, Butley, and Hedda Gabler. Upcoming projects include the world premiere musical Anastasia for Broadway opening on April 24, 2017.
Off-Broadway his work includes Ripcord directed by David Hyde Pierce for Manhattan Theater Club; Lips Together Teeth Apart, Modern Terrorism, All New People, and Trust, all directed by Peter DuBois; Theresa Rebeck’s The Water’s Edge for Second Stage; Rapture Blister Burn (also Boston and Los Angeles), directed by Peter DuBois; and Maple and Vine directed by Anne Kauffman for Playwrights Horizons. For the Roundabout Theatre, he designed for the premiere of Ms. Rebeck’s The Understudy, directed by Scott Ellis: at Lincoln Center Theater, the John Guare premiere Chaucer in Rome: and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme (Lucille Lortel Award Winner), both directed by Nicholas Martin. At the Public Theatre, he designed David Grimm’s Measure for Pleasure, directed by Peter DuBois.
For London’s West End he designed All New People, written by and starring Zach Braff, directed by Peter Dubois, as well as the tour in Manchester and Glasgow. Internationally, he has also designed at the Gate Theatre in Dublin and the Stratford Festival of Canada.
Recently, he designed Rear Window, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Darko Tresnjak at Hartford Stage, and a brand new version of Disney’s musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, directed by Scott Schwartz for the La Jolla Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse, as well as international tours in Tokyo and Berlin.
He has designed at most major American regional theaters including the Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, CenterStage, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Theater Center, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theatre, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Yale Repertory Theatre.
His opera design work includes The Ghosts of Versailles for LA Opera, directed by Darko Tresnjak; An American Tragedy for the Glimmerglass Festival; La rondine for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Il trittico for Deutsche Oper Berlin; Così fan tutte for Minnesota Opera; Der fliegende Holländer for Würzburg, Germany; Lohengrin for Budapest; and the upcoming world premiere of Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera and Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland.
For television he designed the sets for Julie’s Greenroom, starring Julie Andrews and Henson’s Muppets, that will be released on Netflix in early 2017.
In addition to two Tony Award Nominations, a Lortel Award, a Drama Desk Nomination, and an Outer Critics Circle Nomination, he has also been the recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards, three Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, three Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, three San Diego Critics Circle Awards, and a Bay Area Critics Award.
Alexander was born in Bern, Switzerland, to an American father and a German mother. He grew up at Taliesin West, near the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Scottsdale, Arizona. His father studied with Frank Lloyd Wright and continues to work for the school and foundation. While studying at Bennington College, he spent semester abroad at London’s Motley Theatre Design Course. He later trained with Ming Cho Lee and earned an MFA at the Yale School of Drama.
Alexander lives in Manhattan with his husband, Charlie and their son Nicholas.