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Scenic designer

John Lee Beatty, American Scenic designer. Recipient Obie award, 1975, Maharam award, 1976, 78. Member United Scenic Artists.


Beatty, John Lee was born on April 4, 1948 in Palo Alto, California, United States. Son of Shelton Lee and Caroline Dorothea (Burtis) Beatty.


Bachelor, Brown University, 1970. Master of Fine Arts, Yale University, 1973.


Designer for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatre, opera and television, since 1973; professor theatrical design, Brooklyn College, 1979-1980; professor theatrical design, North Carolina School of the Arts, 1984-1988.


  • Beatty won two Tony Awards for his designs for Talley's Folly (1980) and The Nance (2013). He won five Drama Desk Awards for his designs for Talley's Folly (1979), Talley's Folly (1980), Fifth of July (1981), Dinner at Eight (2003) and Twentieth Century (2004). He has received 13 other Tony Award nominations, for Fifth of July (1981), A Small Family Business (1992), Redwood Curtain (1993), The Heiress (1995), A Delicate Balance (1996), The Little Foxes (1997), Morning's at Seven (2002), Dinner at Eight (2003), Doubt (2005), Rabbit Hole (2006), The Color Purple (2006), The Royal Family (2010) and Other Desert Cities (2012). He received ten other Drama Desk nominations. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in January 2003.



Member United Scenic Artists.


Shelton Lee Beatty

Caroline Dorothea (Burtis) Beatty