Adrianne Lobel, raised in Brooklyn, is a painter, scenic designer, and producer for theater, opera, and dance. She studied at the Brooklyn Museum’s art school and later earned an MFA from the Yale Drama School. She also graduated from the New York Studio School.
Lobel started out as a painter, but “the lure of the theater” drew her “away from her studies at the easel.” However, in the last dozen years she has been more committed to her work as a painter. Lobel feels that the more she paints, the more she is “attracted to the extremely banal.” She finds beauty in places and things that might usually go unnoticed. “The unbeautiful is as singular to life as anything commonly recognized as beautiful or meaningful. I try to transform these subjects into something that everyone can appreciate.”
She is a member of the Bowery Gallery in Chelsea and has shown work at numerous solo and group shows at other galleries in New York City and Upstate New York. She has designed sets for many Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater productions, including On The Town, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera. Lobel was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design for Sondheim’s Passion as well as a Tony Award for Best Musical for A Year With Frog and Toad, for which she was the scenic designer and producer. Lobel also received an Obie Award or Scenic Design for her contributions to All Night Long and The Vampires and a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Scenic Design for On the Town.