It's a matter of 'Minutes' for set designer David Zinn's latest work

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:25:43 AM. “Suddenly people realized I understood the vocabulary of big spaces,” David Zinn recalls. “So breaking into set design wasn’t possible until it was.”
Tony Award-winning set designer David Zinn’s interest in theater began in the way it does for most kids who get bit by the acting bug. While he says being on stage seemed like fun, it was other elements of theater — set design and costume design — that quickly caught his attention. “At a young age, I had a real curiosity for the items of design without really knowing how it all went together,” Zinn recalls in a recent phone conversation from outside the stage door at New York’s Palace Theatre where he continues to tinker with the complex set design for the musical “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Zinn is also spending time in Chicago as the set designer for Tracy Letts’ newest play “The Minutes,” now on stage at Steppenwolf Theatre. ‘The Minutes’ When: To Dec. 31 Where: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted Tickets:, $20-$99 Info: In junior high, a teacher recognized Zinn’s expanding interest in design and helped guide him in that direction. By high school, he was interning at theaters around Seattle where he grew up across the bay on Bainbridge Island. “By the end of high school, I knew I loved theater and I knew I didn’t want to be an actor. I really wanted to be a designer,” Zinn says. Today, at 48, Zinn is among the new breed of designers working on Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. Zinn’s Broadway credits include “Fun Home,” “A Doll’s House Part 2 (Tony nomination) and “The Humans” for which he won a 2017 Tony Award. (“The Humans” runs Jan....Read more
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