Roger Hanna has designed 200 sets for theater, dance, and opera since 1990. He is an associate professor at Colorado State University, where his students and he collaborate to design all departmental productions for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Hanna is thrilled to join this journey, and brings along his wife (who will be teaching too) and two kids … a college freshman and seventh-grader. They are devastated to not be able to bring their dog, Molly, and will show you pictures whether you ask them to or not.
Hanna holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Design from New York University and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. He has held teaching positions at the NYU Program in Educational Theatre, Rutgers Newark, and the University of Miami. He has also designed productions for Mannes School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New School for Drama, NYU Dramatic Writing, Point Park University, Ramapo College, SUNY Ulster, and Yale Dramatic Association.
Hanna’s professional work in the past several years has included sets for Tommy Tune’s new musical, FIFTY*FOUR*FOREVER; sets and projections for Ballet of Light and Ghosts at Alvin Ailey in NYC; and Charley’s Aunt sets for Peterborough Players (which earned him a 2015 New Hampshire Theatre Award nomination). It also includes sets and lights for Elephant’s Graveyard (2017 True West Award from Denver Center for the Performing Arts) … a true story about a town that hung an elephant for murder!).
Off-Broadway, Donogoo earned Hanna raves for its set and projection design, as well as, both a 2015 Drama Desk nomination (Best Projections Design) and a 2015 Henry Hewes Award nomination (Notable Effects). If you’re curious, his little off-Broadway design lost to two multi-million dollar Broadway shows The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and a musical you might have heard about called Hamilton. While it was fun getting so much attention for that show, it was most rewarding bringing a recent graduate with him to NYC to work on it. That recent graduate has now spent five years in NYC professionally designing on and off Broadway.
Hanna’s off-Broadway work at the Mint Theater Company has been recognized by four Henry Hewes Design Award nominations, three Drama Desk nominations, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Set Design. His 30 opera designs have been seen at Sarasota Opera and in five prominent NYC venues.