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Neil Patel (MFA - Scenic Design)




Since graduating from UCSD in 1991 I have been designing for theater, opera and dance and most recently for television. I live in New York CIty and am married to director Maria Mileaf (UCSD 1990) We have two incredible children: Pia (10) and Emlyn (7).

I have been working on Broadway in Side Man, Off Broadway at the Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and BAM as well as both Regional and International Opera at the Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, Edinburgh International Festival and the Nikikai Opera Theatre Tokyo.

I also continue to work in the regional theater and sometimes return to La Jolla Playhouse where Des McAnuff gave me my first professional (I got paid) job in 1989 for Lee Blessing's Down The Road! I work repeatedly with Anne Bogart, who taught me my first year at UCSD, and the SITI company. I'm currently the scenic designer for La Jolla Playhouse's Page-to-Stage production of Peter and the Starcatchers with performances running from February 13th through March 8th.

This year I am the production designer of In Treatment for HBO which is taping in NYC at Silver Cup studios. I also had the great pleasure of collaborating with my wife on Lee Blessing's A Body of Water at Primary Stages in NYC as well.

You can visit my website at



Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
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