Daniel Ostling is a two time Tony Award-nominated scenic (and lighting) designer based in Taipei, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
He has been an ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company since 2003 (1997-2003 as artistic associate) where he has designed over 28 productions. He is a longtime collaborator with fellow Lookingglass ensemble member Mary Zimmerman, with whom he has designed over 29 productions including Metamorphoses on Broadway (earning a Tony nomination for Best Set Design).
Recent productions worth note include the original ballets Cleopatra and Carmen (K-Ballet in Tokyo), Rusalka (Metropolitan Opera), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), Odyssey, Timon of Athens and Guys and Dolls (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Lookingglass Alice (Lookingglass and regional theater tours), King Charles III (A.C.T./ San Francisco), Clybourne Park (Broadway; Tony nomination for Best Set Design), White Snake (Wuzhen Theatre Festival/China, Guthrie, Old Globe, Goodman, Oregon Shakespeare, Berkeley Repertory, McCarter), Candide (Chicago, DC, Boston tour), Title and Deed (sets & lights, Lookingglass), and Danai Gurira’s The Convert (Princeton, Los Angeles, Chicago tour; Ovation Award for Best Set Design).
His projects for 2018 include designing scenery for Love’s Labour’s Lost at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Major Barbara at Portland Center Stage. His work as a director include his 2016 Lookingglass directing debut production of Blood Wedding (which he also designed sets for) and his 2011 production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Two River Theater in New Jersey.
Opera designs include Rusalka (Metropolitan Opera), Lucia di Lammermoor (Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Tokyo), La Sonnambula (Metropolitan Opera), The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Ainadmar (Tanglewood Music Festival, LA Philharmonic), Phillip Glass’ Galileo Galilei (NYC, London, Chicago) and Suor Angelica and Gianna Schicchi (San Francisco Opera Center). Internationally, his Pacific Overtures traveled to the Donmar Warehouse in London.
His work has also been seen in Japan, Italy, Australia, China, the UK and Canada. He was a tenured associate professor at Northwestern University in Chicago from 2003 to 2011 in the MFA program before he moved to San Francisco. Since then, he has continued to teach at Northwestern part-time. (DanielOstling.com)