Ensemble Member

Since 2003

Daniel Ostling (he/him) is a two time Tony Award-nominated Scenic (and Lighting) Designer based in San Francisco, Chicago and NYC. He has been an ensemble member of Lookingglass since 2003 (1997–2003, Artistic Associate) where he has designed over 26 productions. He is a long-time collaborator with fellow Lookingglass Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman with whom he has designed over 27 productions, including Metamorphoses (Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway, 2003 Tony Award Nomination for Best Scenic Design).

Recent productions worth note include: Rusalka (Metropolitan Opera in NYC, 2017), a new Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), an original ballet Carmen (K-Ballet, Tokyo), Timon of Athens and Guys & Dolls (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Lookingglass Alice (Lookingglass, regional theatre tours), King Charles III (American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco), Clybourne Park (Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway, 2012 Tony Award Nomination for Best Scenic Design, 2012 Tony Award-Winner for Best Play), White Snake (Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China; Guthrie Theater; The Old Globe; Goodman Theater; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Berkeley Repertory Theatre; McCarter Theatre), Candide (Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston), Title and Deed (sets and lights, Lookingglass), and Danai Gurira’s The Convert (Princeton, LA, Chicago, Ovation Award for Best Scenic Design). He will be designing scenery for The Odyssey at Oregon Shakespeare Festival opening July 2017 and K-Ballet’s (Tokyo) new production of Cleopatra opening in October 2017.

His work as a director includes his 2016 Lookingglass directing debut production of Blood Wedding (which he also designed sets for) and his 2011 production of Jacque Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Two River Theater in New Jersey.

He has worked at numerous regional theaters across the country, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York Shakespeare Festival (in Central Park), Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizon, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Theater Company (San Francisco), Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Denver Center for the Arts and Portland Center Stage, among many others.

Opera designs include: Rusalka, Lucia Di Lammermoor, and La Sonnambula (Metropolitan Opera, NYC), LaScala (Milan, Tokyo), Merry Widow (Lyric Opera or Chicago), Ainadmar (Tanglewood Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic), Phillip Glass’ Galileo Galilei (NYC, London, Chicago) and Suor Angelica/Gianna Schicchi (San Francisco Opera Center).

Internationally, his Pacific Overtures traveled to Donmar Warehouse in London (2003 Olivier Winner for Best Musical). His work has also been seen in Japan, Italy, Australia, China, the UK and Canada.

Dan was a tenured Associate Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago from 2003–11 in the MFA program before he moved to San Francisco. Since, he has continued to teach at Northwestern part-time.


Bio as of 2017

Artist Media

Credits And Awards

Theatre Credits – Scenic Design


  • Metamorphoses (Circle in the Square Theatre, 2003)
  • Clybourne Park (Walter Kerr Theatre, 2012)


  • Metamorphoses (Second Stage Theatre)
  • Rusalka, Lucia Di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula (Metropolitan Opera)


  • Candide, White SnakeThe Convert (Goodman Theater)
  • Merry Widow (Lyric Opera of Chicago)


  • CarmenCleopatra (K-Ballet, Tokyo)
  • White Snake (Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China)
  • Pacific Overatures (Donmar Warehouse)


  • Christmas Carol, The Convert (McCarter Theatre)
  • Timon of AthensGuys & DollsThe Odyssey (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)
  • King Charles III (American Conservatory Theater)
  • The Convert (Mark Taper Forum)

Theatre Credits – Directing


  • Jacque Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Two River Theater)


  • Tony Award Nomination for Best Scenic Design for Metamorphoses (Circle in the Square Theatre, 2003)
  • Tony Award Nomination for Best Scenic Design for Clybourne Park (Walter Kerr Theatre, 2012)
  • Ovation Award for Best Scenic Design for The Convert (Mark Taper Forum)


MFA, Northwestern University
B.A., Northern Illinois University