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Mimi Lien is a designer of sets/environments for theater, dance, and opera. Arriving at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. She is an artistic associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company, and co-founder of JACK, a performance/art space in Brooklyn. Recent work includes Signature Plays, John (Signature Theatre), War, Preludes (LCT3), The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center), Black Mountain Songs (BAM/Brooklyn Youth Chorus), Appropriate (Mark Taper Forum), and An Octoroon (Soho Rep/TFANA). Mimi's designs for dance have been presented in the Netherlands, Russia, and Taiwan, and her stage designs have been exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial. Lien is a recipient of the Joan and Joseph F. Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity at Lincoln Center, Lucille Lortel Award, American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, Barrymore Award, OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, and a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.

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Mimi Lien Productions

 
[Broadway, 2024]
Scenic Design
 
[Broadway, 2023]
Scenic Design
 
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Set Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Scenic Designer
Scenic Design [Replacement]
 
[Boston, 2019]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 2018] [Replacement]
Set Design[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 2018]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
Set Designer
 
[Broadway, 2016]
Set Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Scenic Design
 
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Scenic Design
 
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Set Design
 
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Set Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Set Design
 
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Set Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Set Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2012]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Scenic Designer
 
[Broadway, 2008]
Assistant Scenic Designer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Scenic Designer

Mimi Lien Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2023 - Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)

Mimi Lien, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Tony Awards - 2023 - Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Mimi Lien, Sweeney Todd

Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Set Design of a Play

Mimi Lien, Fairview


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BroadwayWorld Awards - 2017 - Best Scenic Design

Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812


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Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Set Design for a Musical

Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical)

Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

The Lortels - 2017 - Outstanding Scenic Design

Mimi Lien, Signature Plays: Edward Albee's The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés' Drowning, and Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro


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Tony Awards - 2017 - Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Drama Desk Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Set Design for a Play

Mimi LienJohn

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2016 - Outstanding Scenic Design (Play or Musical)

Mimi Lien, John

The Lortels - 2016 - Outstanding Scenic Design

Mimi Lien, John

Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Set Design

Mimi Lien, An Octoroon


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The Lortels - 2014 - Outstanding Scenic Design

Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Set Design

Mimi Lien, The Whale


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The Hewes Awards - 2013 - Hewes Design Award

Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812


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Obie Awards - 2012 - Sustained Excellence of Set Design

Mimi Lien


winner
Obie Awards - 2012 - Sustained Excellence of Set Design

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Mimi Lien News


Isaac Powell, Ben Levi Ross, Solea Pfeiffer, and More Will Lead GATSBY at A.R.T.

The cast has been set for the world premiere of Gatsby, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s legendary novel, opening at American Repertory Theater in May!

Creatives Revealed For GATSBY, With Music by Florence Welch and Directed by Rachel Chavkin

The design and music teams have been announced for the world premiere of Gatsby, featuring music by Florence Welch and directed by Rachel Chavkin, at American Repertory Theatre. 

Lincoln Center Theater Delays First Preview of UNCLE VANYA

Lincoln Center Theater's production of Anton Chekhov’s classic UNCLE VANYA, featuring a new version by Heidi Schreck, directed by Lila Neugebauer, will delay its first preview. Learn more about the production.

Lincoln Center Theater's UNCLE VANYA Will Launch Digital Lottery

Lincoln Center Theater will launch an online ticket lottery for its production of Anton Chekhov’s classic UNCLE VANYA, beginning with its first preview on Tuesday, April 2 at 8pm at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.  Find out how to enter the lottery for Uncle Vanya here!

Photos: UNCLE VANYA Cast Is Getting Ready for Broadway

120 years after the esteemed playwright's death and 24 years since it was last seen on Broadway, Uncle Vayna is back this season courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater. Check out photos of the cast in rehearsal here!

SWEENEY TODD Revival Cast Recording 3-LP Set Available Now

The 2023 Broadway Cast Recording of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is available now as a 3-LP set pressed on Revenge Red vinyl.

Ang Lee, Corey Stoll and Madison Love to be Honored at NYU Tisch School of the Arts' 2024 Gala

New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts will honor world-renowned film director Ang Lee, critically acclaimed film, television and Broadway actor Corey Stoll, and multi-platinum singer and songwriter Madison Love. Learn more about the honorees and about the gala!

GROUNDED by Jeanine Tesori to Open The Metropolitan Opera's 2024�"25 Season

The Metropolitan Opera has unveiled the 2024–25 season lineup. Learn about the operas being presented and see how to purchase tickets.

Review Roundup: Mona Pirnot's I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I COULD DIE at New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop is now presenting I Love You So Much I Could Die, written and performed by NYTW Usual Suspect Mona Pirnot. Check out what the critics are saying!

USC Fisher Museum of Art Announces the Presentation of SCENE SHIFT: THE EXHIBIT On View February 2 �" April 6

Immerse yourself in the world of contemporary set design at USC Fisher Museum of Art's Scene Shift: The Exhibit. Opening on February 2, this unique exhibition showcases the work of top scenic designers.

Video: Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford Take Final Bows in SWEENEY TODD on Broadway

Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford took their final bows in Sweeney Todd on Broadway on January 14. Following their last curtain call, the stars gave a speech on stage at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Check out the video here!

The Kitchen to Present Martha Friedman and Susan Marshall's TWO PERSON OPERATING SYSTEM TYPE 2 in February

THE KITCHEN presents Martha Friedman and Susan Marshall's 'Two Person Operating System Type 2,' a sculptural-choreographic work examining the relationship between moving bodies and objects.

Creative Team Set for I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I COULD DIE Directed by Lucas Hnath

New York Theatre Workshop has revealed the full creative team for I Love You So Much I Could Die, written and performed by NYTW Usual Suspect Mona Pirnot (Private), and directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath (Red Speedo).

SWEENEY TODD 2023 Broadway Cast Recording Out on CD Now; Vinyl Due March 2024

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2023 Broadway Cast Recording) is now available as a 2-CD set.

Tickets Go On Sale Today For Steve Carell-Led UNCLE VANYA

Tickets will go on sale today at 12pm ET for Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of Anton Chekhov’s classic UNCLE VANYA. Learn more about how to get tickets here!

Heartstopper's Joe Locke Will Make Broadway Debut in SWEENEY TODD

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Joe Locke, the breakout star of Netflix’s hit show “Heartstopper,” will make his Broadway debut this in the Tony Award-nominated revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

SWEENEY TODD 2023 Broadway Cast Recording to be Released On CD & Vinyl

Get ready for the release of the 2023 Broadway cast recording of 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.' This Grammy Award-nominated album will be available on CD on December 15 and on vinyl in March 2024.

The Kitchen Unveils Winter-Spring 2024 Programming Featuring Video, Performance and More

Discover the exciting lineup of shows and events coming to The Kitchen for the winter-spring 2024 season. Don't miss out on the must-see performances and mark your calendars for an unforgettable experience.

Steve Carell Will Make His Broadway Debut in UNCLE VANYA; Additional Cast Revealed!

Steve Carell is headed to Broadway! The actor, best known for starring in the television series The Office, will make his Broadway debut in Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of Anton Chekhov’s classic UNCLE VANYA. Find out more information about the production here!

Lincoln Center Presents to Continue This Winter/Spring With Expanded Free and Choose-What-You-Pay Performances

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts ha revealed additional programming across the winter and spring, featuring expanded free and Choose-What-You-Pay performances.

Mimi Lien FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has Mimi Lien been nominated for?

Mimi Lien has been nominated for several awards for her outstanding scenic and set designs in various Broadway productions. Some of her notable nominations include Outstanding Scenic Design (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tony Awards) for "Sweeney Todd," and Outstanding Set Design of a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for "Fairview." She has also received nominations for productions like "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812," "John," "An Octoroon," and "The Whale," among others. Additionally, she has won awards such as the BroadwayWorld Award for Best Scenic Design for "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" and the Hewes Design Award for the same production. Mimi Lien's exceptional work has earned her recognition, including Sustained Excellence of Set Design awards from the Obie Awards.

What awards has Mimi Lien won?

Mimi Lien has won numerous awards for her scenic design work on the Broadway show Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, including Best Scenic Design at the BroadwayWorld Awards, Outstanding Set Design for a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical) at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Best Scenic Design of a Musical at the Tony Awards, Outstanding Scenic Design at The Lortels, the Hewes Design Award at The Hewes Awards, and Sustained Excellence of Set Design at the Obie Awards.

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