Gene Friedman

Gene Friedman
Associate Professor of Scenic Design

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Grant Hall


Gene Emerson Friedman, an award-winning scenic designer, is known especially for his work on Shakespeare and the American musical. Professor Friedman has been awarded the prestigious Peggy Ezekiel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Arts by the United States Institute for Theater Technology for his design drafting, the only time this award has ever been granted in this field.

He is a consultant to the J. Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum’s exhibition Creating the Modern Stage: Designs for Theatre and Opera. He was recently cited as “a significant artistic contributor” in the American Theater community. He teaches The History Of Design And Technology Of World TheaterDrafting For The Theater and Rendering Techniques For The Designer, as well as contributing his insights in the Scenic Design Master Classes.

He serves as the architectural historian of the Nuestra Señore de Guadeloupe (1629) and is the curator and archivist of the treasury of the Casa de Santo Niño at Zuni Pueblo New Mexico.

Professor Friedman has worked with George Abbott, Gerald Freedman, Adrienne Kennedy and Vincent Dowling among other theatrical luminaries. His work has been seen at the Second City Comedy Group, Lincoln Center Institute, the Kennedy Center, Historic Ford’s Theater, the Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland, the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Stages Saint Louis and of course, the Missouri Repertory Theater. He is the Resident Scenic Designer at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.