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Jo Mielziner: Master of Modern Stage Design

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Anthony Lamoureux

on 21 November 2013

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Jo Mielziner: Master of Modern Stage Design

Beginning in Art School, his brother, Kenneth MacKenna, got him to become a stage manager in Michigan.

People say this "sealed his fate" in the theatre world.

Received two fellowships through the Pennsylvania Academy to travel to locations like Paris, Vienna, Berlin, to study scenic design.

After these fellowships, Mielziner apprenticed with Robert Edmond Jones.

Overview of Work
Has produced work for over 200 productions in his life time.
Staples of Jo Mielziner
Mielziner uses suggestive and skeletonized lighting in order to express his ideas of what he imagines.


Jo Mielziner has won 7, count it, 7, Tony Awards.

He was also nominated for another 5 Tony Awards as well as being nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design.

Who is he?
Born on March 19, 1901
Originally born in Paris, France.
Died in New York on March 15, 1976
Known as one of the most successful Stage and Lighting Designers of the American stage.
Most of these productions became to be known as American classics.
Some of his most famous works include:

Sweet and Low The King and I
Another Part of the Forest A Streetcar Named Desire
Winterset Death of a Salesman
Dodsworth Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Strange Interlude Gypsy
Carousel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
South Pacific Oh, Captain!
Guys and Dolls
Death of a Salesman Streetcar named Desire
Fun Facts
Mielziner designed the theater at Wake Forest University
Co-designed the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center with architect Eero Saarinen.
He died in a Taxi.
His scenic design for
Death of a Salesman
was used again in the 2012 production.

Director Mike Nichols said that he believed it "intimately connected with the way the play developed."
Thank you so much!
His scenic and lighting design were known to be very poetic and important to the understanding of the story.

Some of his favorite pieces to include in his designes were winding staircases leading to the unknown, an oversized window.

He used his lighting to spotlight only the actors and necessary ares of the stage.
Pal Joey
A Streetcar named Desire 1947
Annie Get Your Gun 1946
Glass Menagerie

Amazing set/lighting for being able partition the outside and inside of the house.
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