Robert Brill's designs for theatre, opera, dance and themed entertainment have spanned nearly three decades, and his work has been seen internationally and throughout the US and Canada.
Brill is a two-time Tony Award nominee for Broadway, where his credits include Summer--The Donna Summer Musical, Assassins, as well as the set and club design for the critically acclaimed revival of Cabaret, at both the Kit Kat Klub and the legendary Studio 54. His other Broadway credits include the recent revivals of Jesus Christ Superstar and Guys and Dolls, A Streetcar Named Desire, Design for Living, Buried Child and the upcoming world-premiere of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.
As an opera designer, Brill’s work has been seen at the English National Opera in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and in 2010, his design for the world-premiere of Moby-Dick was presented by Dallas Opera, followed by productions in Australia, Canada and other cities throughout the US, including San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center. His recent opera credits include four other world-premiere productions: Cold Mountain for Santa Fe Opera; The Manchurian Candidate at Minnesota Opera; Joby Talbot’s Everest at Dallas Opera; and It’s a Wonderful Life for Houston Grand Opera.
In 2016, Brill transformed Disney’s Hyperion Theatre for the highly anticipated world-premiere musical spectacular Frozen, produced by Disney Creative Entertainment. Recently, Brill was also named Artist-in-Residence by the nationally renown La Jolla Playhouse, where his vast array of credits include two recent world-premiere musicals: Chasing the Song, directed by Christopher Ashley, and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, directed by Des McAnuff, featuring the music of The Flaming Lips. Brill’s other theatrical credits include Christopher Plummer’s A Word Or Two (Stratford Festival and Ahmanson Theater); Robin and the Seven Hoods, directed by Casey Nicholaw (Old Globe); Sinatra: His Voice. His World. His Way. (Radio City Music Hall); On the Record (Disney Theatrical); The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse); Wozzeck (San Diego Opera); American in Paris (Boston Ballet); A Clockwork Orange (Steppenwolf Theatre); Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Mark Taper Forum and McCarter Theatre); The Laramie Project (presented throughout the US including The Brooklyn Academy of Music); and the 136th edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Brill is a founding member of Sledgehammer Theatre, a recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, and is professor of Scenic Design at the University of California San Diego.