scenic designer

Hello, my name is

luke cantarella

and I

design spaces for performance






Luke is a designer of scenery, video and space. He has designed scenery for over 130 productions around the United States and Europe. Additionally, Luke creates productive encounters, projects in design ethnography, a hybrid form that uses design thinking as a tool for social-science research.



recent work

all shook up | the Muny

(swipe for more images) Joe DiPietro | based on music of Elvis Presley directed by Daniel Knechtges choreographed by Jess Hartman costumes by Leon Dobkowski lighting by John Lasiter video by Greg Emetaz

woody sez | Seattle Rep, Asolo, A.R.T.

created by David Lutken and Nick Corley based on the music and stories of Woody Guthrie   Seattle Repertory Theater Asolo Rep Arts Theater – London  (West End) A.R.T. Cleveland Playhouse People’s Light Milwaukee Rep Lyric Theater of Oklahoma Northlight Theater  […]

jane eyre | Center for Contemporary Opera

(scenic & projection design) Louis Karchin | Diane Osen directed by Kristine McIntrye costumes by Rachel Townsend lighting by Burke Brown

follies | The Repertory Theater of St. Louis

  Stephen Sondheim | James Goldman directed by Rob Ruggiero choreographed by Ralph Perkins costumes by Amy Clark lighting by John Lassiter sound by Randy Hansen

the call | TheaterWorks

by Tonya Barfield directed by Jenn Thompson lighting by Rob Denton costumes by Tracy Christensen sound by Toby Algya May 2016

buyer & cellar | TheaterWorks

by Jonathan Tollins directed by Rob Ruggiero lighting and projection design by Rob Denton sound by Zach Moore

street scene | Baltimore Lyric/Peabody

Kurt Weill | Langston Hughes directed by Kristine McIntrye conducted by Steven White lighting by Doug Nelson  

auctioning the ainsleys | People's Light

winner of the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best Set Design by Laura Schellhardt directed by Abigail Adams lighting by Dennis Parichy costumes by Anne Kennedy sound by Karin Graybash October 2015

good people | TheaterWorks

David Lindsay-Abaire directed by Rob Ruggiero lighting by John Lassiter costumes by Harry Nadal sound by Michael Micelli

the other place | Repertory Theater of St. Louis

Sharr White directed by Rob Ruggiero lighting by John Lassiter costumes by Dorothy Marshall English video content by William Cusick sound by Fitz Patton projection design by Naftali Wayne

sex tips for straight women as a gay man | Matt Murphy Productions

directed by Tim Drucker choreography by Nancy Renee Braun projection and sound by Randy Blair costumes by Tilly Grimes lighting by Brian Tovar

the sacre project | Pacific Symphony

based on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring created by John Crawford with Jody Gates, Lisa Naugle and Chad Hall lighting by Lonnie Alcaraz & Stacie O’Hara costumes by Katie Wilson sound by Mike Hooker