david gallo

visual storytelling




Award-winning media and set designer David Gallo provides insightful visual storytelling for live theatricals, concerts and immersive experiences. His work can seen daily in more than a dozen cities worldwide. Alongside his team, Mr. Gallo delivers full-service design to the entertainment industry. view complete bio »
david gallo
Tony Award Drama Desk Award Eddy Award Lucille Lortel Award Ovation Award

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Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design and Technology Henry Hewes Design Award Henry Hewes Noteworthy/Unusual Effects Award Outer Critics Circle Award L.A. Drama Critics Award

the truth behind the logo

In the mid 90s I was working with Blue Man Group a great deal. One of the more choice assignments was to create the lobby experience for the Chicago production. One day Chris Wink asked how I proposed to label the restroom doors. He did not want anything traditional and, as we always did back in those days, we consulted the McMaster-Carr Catalog. Inside we found these cool stickers for Haz-Mat disposal areas.

Chris and I thought they were androgynous and amusing enough for the lobby. The large decals were affixed to the doors. But the

sticker kit also came with many smaller versions, and I decided to bring them back to my NY studio. My assistants enjoyed placing the stickers all around the studio, and one adventuresome individual started to use the image as a fax cover sheet (yes, it was that long ago). The cover sheet turned into letterhead and just took off. A few years later, I looked at it and thought it would be more accurate to turn the figure into a diver. (I like to dive.) A couple of seconds with a sharpie and whiteout and the logo was born. Various incarnations followed.


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David Gallo on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

David on Colbert

Don't worry! Oscar still lives in a garbage can. (Skip to 1:55 to see David.)

Logo for Empire the musical


A new musical about the building of the Empire State Building. Dare to dream! January 22–February 14 at La Mirada Theatre in California.

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ask me anything

David Gallo will be on Reddit's Ask Me Anything this Monday, October 19, 7–9 ᴘᴍ EST. Find out everything you want to know about set design, performance media design, or zombies.


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