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Set Designer - Ming Cho Lee

Biography of Set Designer, Ming Cho Lee
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Virginia Cunningham

on 1 October 2013

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By: Virginia L. Cunningham In the Beginning... Ming Cho Lee Born on October 3, 1930 in Shanghai, China

1936 -Parents divorced, Lee remained with his Father

Lee exposed to the Theater and Arts by his mother

1947 -Lee's Mother moved to New York Formal Education 1949 - Enrolled at the Occidental College, a small liberal
arts school in Los Angeles

Due to his inability to speak English, he enrolled in as
many studio arts classes as possible to balance his grades

Junior year - He became a speech major - theater was then housed in the speech department.

After graduating from Occidental College, he attended in UCLA 1962 to 1972 - the Busiest Designer in NYC New Start in New York Lee moved to New York and worked as a design assistant for Jo Mielziner from 1954 to 1958

In 1955 he joined United Scenic Artists Union

First professional design for the Grist Mill Playhouse

In 1958, Lee became Boris Aronson's assistant and began to design on his own. Awards Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design
Helen Hayes Award
1983 - Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for K2
Obie for sustained achievement
Three honorary doctorates
Awards for long-term achievement from 6 major theatre and opera organizations
Membership in the Theatre Hall of Fame
Mayor's Award for Arts and Culture from New York City By: Virginia L. Cunningham Ming Cho Lee with his mother and grandmother in 1947 "Macbeth" - Scenic Model, 1995 “A Moon for the Misbegotten” - Scenic Model "Two Gentlemen of Verona", Scenic Model, 1971 "Much Ado About Nothing",
Scenic Model, 1972 "Electra", Scenic Model, 1964 "Richard III", Scenic Model, 1966 "Hamlet" Scenic Model, 1972 Bibliography "American Theatre Wing - Biography - Ming Cho Lee." American Theatre Wing - Biography - Ming Cho Lee. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2013. <http://americantheatrewing.org/biography/detail/ming_cho_lee>.

Gale, Thomson. "Ming Cho Lee Biography." BookRags. BookRags, n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2013. <http://www.bookrags.com/biography/ming-cho-lee/>.

Gillette, A. S. An Introduction to Scenic Design. New York: Harper & Row, 1967. Print.
"Ming Cho Lee Biography." Ming Cho Lee Biography. The Gale Group, n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2013. <http://biography.yourdictionary.com/ming-cho-lee>.

"Ming Cho Lee | IBDB: The Official Source for Broadway Information." Ming Cho Lee | IBDB: The Official Source for Broadway Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2013. <http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=25054>.

Unruh, Delbert, Ming Cho. Lee, and Jon Jory. Ming Cho Lee: The Designs of Ming Cho Lee. New York: Broadway, 2006. Print. "K2", Original Set, 1983 - Won Tony Award
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