Steven C. Kemp is a set designer for theatre, opera and events. Originally from Houston, Texas, he received his MFA from UC San Diego. He has designed over 50 productions in NYC including shows Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street, Fellowship for the Performing Arts, York Theatre Company, Mint Theater Company, 47th Street Theatre, New Worlds Theatre Project, The Shop, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Playwright’s Realm and Keen Company where his 10 productions include the Off-Broadway revivals of Ordinary Days, Tick, Tick…Boom!, John and Jen and Marry Me a Little. Other NYC credits include work at 59e59, HERE Arts, Clubbed Thumb, Studio 42, Poliglot Theatre, NYMF, Fringe and 15 productions for New School For Drama.
Particularly passionate for opera, Steven’s designs have been presented at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Arizona Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Omaha, Opera Grand Rapids, Kentucky Opera, Tulsa Opera, Townsend Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, UrbanArias, Merola Opera, Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Opera San Jose where his 15 designs include the acclaimed production of Idomeneo presented by the Packard Humanities Institute as well as the West Coast Premieres of Anna Karenina, Silent Night and the American premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella.
His regional and international credits include designs at Pasadena Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Antaeus Theatre Company, Bucks County Playhouse, Royal George Theatre, ReVision Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Hudson Stage Company, Gulfshore Playhouse, Catholic University of America, multiple productions for Norwegian Cruise Line, and numerous tours such as PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero and Ain’t Misbehavin’.
Steven also worked extensively as an Associate Designer for Robert Brill and David Gallo on Broadway, national tours, The Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Disney Theatricals, Dreamworks, and a multitude of other regional theatres and companies. Additional work has included Associate Design credits for Jesse Poleshuck, Walt Spangler, Christopher Acebo, and Assistant Design for Alexander Dodge and exhibit design at Gallagher & Associates and Jack Morton Worldwide.
His opera design for Falstaff was selected as a finalist in the World Stage Design 2017 exhibit in Taipei, Taiwan. His work was featured in the USA exhibit in the 2007 Prague Quadrennial and he was the 2008 USITT Rose Brand Scenic Design award winner. Steven has presented lectures at many universities and was the 2013 Live Design Broadway Master Class speaker for associate set design. He specializes in 3D rendering, animation and previsualization.