Riccardo Hernandez is Assistant Professor Adjunct of Design, and Lecturer at Princeton University. Riccardo is a 1992 graduate of Yale School of Drama.
Riccardo has designed over 250 productions at most leading regional theaters across the US and internationally. He designed over twenty productions at New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, including The America Play, One Flea Spare, Stuff Happens, Blade to the Heat (Audelco Award), TopDog/UnderDog, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (plus national tour and Japan), Mother Courage starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline directed by George C. Wolfe; collaborated with: Diane Paulus, Mary Zimmerman, Daniel Sullivan, Michael Greif, Mark Brokaw, Kathleen Marshall, Mark Lamos, Ron Daniels, Graciela Daniele, and others; designed at BAM, Lincoln Center Theater, Theatre For A New Audience, Atlantic Theater Company, (collaborated with film director Ethan Coen), Second Stage Theatre (Let Me Down Easy, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith; also broadcast on PBS Great Performances), New York Theater Workshop, Manhattan Theater Club, MCC Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Guthrie Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre; collaborations at American Repertory Theater with Diane Paulus, Ron Daniels, Robert Woodruff, Janos Szasz, Arthur Nauzyciel, Robert Brustein, Karin Coonrod, and Leonard Foglia.
Broadway design work includes: The Gin Game (Sets and Costumes - starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012 Tony Award Best Musical Revival), The People in the Picture (Studio 54), Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change (also Royal National Theater London - 2007 Olivier Award for Best New Musical/2006 London’s Evening Standard Award for Best Musical), TopDog/UnderDog (2002 Pulitzer Award Best Play-also Royal Court, London), Elaine Stritch at Liberty (also West End’s Old Vic & National Tour), Parade (Hal Prince director, Tony and Drama Desk Nominations), Bells Are Ringing, The Tempest.
Opera design work includes: world premieres of Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun at, New York City Opera (Mark Lamos, director), and Amistad at Lyric Opera of Chicago (George C. Wolfe, director); world premiere of Il Postino (set and costume design) with Placido Domingofor Los Angeles Opera -also at Theatre du Chatelet Paris, Theater an der Wien Vienna, and PBS telecast; world premiere of Philip Glass’ Appomatox for San Francisco Opera, La Traviata (Canadian Opera Company), world premiere of A Coffin in Egypt (set and costume design) composed by Ricky Ian Gordon for Houston Grand Opera, Il Tabarro/I Pagliacci and Sweeney Todd at Opera Theater of Saint Louis), The Lost Highway (set and costumes design) at London’s English National Opera/Young Vic - Diane Paulus, director, Don Giovanni and Lucia di Lammermoor for Santa Fe Opera.
Most recent design work includes: Red Speedo (Drama Desk Nomination), The Invisible Hand (2015 Henry Hewes Design Award), Genet’s Splendid’s for Theatre National de la Colline Paris, Grounded by George Brant, directed by Julie Taymor, The Library directed by film director Steven Soderbergh, for New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, King Lear, A Doll’s House and The Father, all directed by Arin Arbus for Theatre For A New Audience; for Avignon Festival (France): La Mouette (Cour D’Honneur, Palais des Papes), Jan Karski, Mon Nom Est Fiction (Opera Theatre and Teatr Polski, Warsaw, Poland); Abigail’s Party (Oslo National Theater, Olso, Norway), The Dead New Adaptation by Frank McGuiness(Abbey Theater, Dublin).
Upcoming productions: La Dame aux Camelias (Paris, France), The Skin of Our Teeth for Theatre for A New Audience, REFUGIA directed by Dominique Serrand for Guthrie Theater.
Riccardo has received numerous awards and nominations including: Princess Grace Statue Award, Drama Desks, Connecticut Critics Circle, Helen Hayes, Dora Award/Opera Division, Audelco, American Theater Wing, and Boston Elliot Norton Award.