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Luke Hegel-Cantarella

Luke Hegel-Cantarella

Guest set designer

Luke Hegel-Cantarella works primarily as a theatrical stage designer. He has designed over fifty productions including work for the theater, opera and ballet. Theaters he has worked at include the Pittsburgh Public Theater, Prince Music Theater, Wolftrap Opera Company, TheaterWorks, Barrington Stage Company, Hartford Ballet, Adirondack Theater Festival, Curtis Institute of Music, and the Yale Repertory Theater. His recent work includes, Make Me a Song, the world premiere of a new William Finn musical at the Zipper Theaer(off-Broadway) and LifeX3 at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. In addition, Luke was the associate designer for the recent Broadway production of Dracula, designed by Heidi Ettinger. Other associate design credits include work for Teatro Argentino, the film The Accidental Husband, Elaine Stritch at Liberty (National Tour), Alliance Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Opera Carolina, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

An accomplished fine artist as well, Luke’s paintings have been exhibited at the Around the Coyote Festival (Chicago) and the Union League Gallery (Chicago) which presented his series of paintings, The Potsdam Project, and an installation entitled The Flocktree in Athens, Georgia. The Mashrabia Gallery in Cairo is presenting his paintings of the city of Port Said.

Luke received his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, following an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. In addition, Luke has studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Art Students League, and The Drawing Center. He has recently been appointed Head of the Set Design program at the University of California, Irvine.

Luke will collaborate with director Garnett Bruce on the Peabody Opera Theatre production of La Traviata. The two have worked together once before in 2003, on a production of La clemenza di Tito for the Wolf Trap Opera Company. Further details of his work and career can be seen on his website:

La clemenza di Tito
La clemenza di Tito
Set model for the Wolf Trap Opera (Garnett Bruce, dir.)

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