AYA 002 Kevin Depinet -The power of “Just do it”

Kevin Depinet

Kevin Depinet is a Chicago based Set designer. He has designed shows for Steppenwolf, The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The National Theatre of Great Britain, The Royal George Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The McCarter Theatre, The Court Theatre, The Arden Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Denver Theatre Center, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane, Yale Repertory, Indiana Repertory, American Players Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, Glimmer Glass Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Paramount Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, and Saint Louis Repertory Theatre.

He also designed scenery for Michael Mann’s Film Public Enemies (Universal Studios). He was the Associate designer for the original tony award winning August: Osage County and recently Mother Fucker with a Hat, and Of Mice and Men on Broadway. Kevin Will be designing Bob Falls Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this winter and Recently designed Detroit at London’s National Theatre. He is also an adjunct professor of design at DePaul University. He studied at Ball State University and the Yale School of Drama.

Kevin Depinet has numerous upcoming productions lined up this year including La Boheme at Glimmerglass Opera Co. in June, Ragtime National tour in October, and many more.

To learn more, visit his personal website at www.kevindepinetstudio.com.


XL Scenic is a Chicago based stage design production company founded by two award winning theatrical scenic designers, Kevin Depinet and Todd Rosenthal, to create unique, immersive theatrical environments that enthrall and teach.

Kevin Depinet’s successful examples

Les Miserables at Paramount Theatre directed by Jim Corti

“This is mostly due to a truly breathtaking setting from Kevin Depinet — who treats the ever-willing Paramount like it’s Peter Gelb’s Metropolitan Opera” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“The production’s staggeringly grand and complex set, the work of Kevin Depinet and Jeffrey D. Kmiec (wonderfully lit by Jesse Klug), sets the tone. With a turntable sage, a sweeping staircase that at moments rotates into a massive city wall, and a giant “halo” suspended from the rafters that serves as a revolving catwalk, it suggests the nine circles of Hell as described by Dante.” – Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times


MythBusters Exhibition Behind the Scenes: Design and Graphics

Accustomed to working with theater sets, Todd Rosenthal, John Dalton and Kevin Depinet describe the particular challenges — and advantages — of designing MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition.



Kevin Depinet talks about the creative process and how he managed many renowned shows at the Paramount Theatre in Chicago, including Marry Poppins, Cats, .


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Show Notes

How Kevin Depinet would introduce himself in a party [00:00]

Kevin Depinet’s advice on how to pull a successful networking [00:55]

The story behind how Kevin Depinet became a set designer [01:57]

Inspirations from education guidance [03:18]

Interest in business aside from theatre training [04:50]

Influences to get in to business [05:13]

Entrepreneurial skills he learned [05:59]

The power of people management [06:13]

Experiential Learning after finishing school [07:20]

How Kevin Depinet established his personal and professional growth with great opportunities [08:00]

Suggested practices for overcoming fears [09:46]

Kevin Depinet’s Power of intention [10:20]

The power of “Just do it” [10:43]

The story behind how Kevin Depinet meeting Todd Rosenthal [11:43]

Learning from people [12:10]

Museum exhibit sets [13:07]

Kevin Depinet’s thoughts on commercial based art and selling out [14:40]

Set Design Projects that influenced Kevin Depinet [16:20]

Balancing out business and arts in a combination [17:07]

Dealing with stress from being an artist and an entrepreneur [18:18]

Be healthy and exercise [19:00]

Take an advantage of being an entrepreneur [19:54]

Favorite or most gifted books[20:50]

Successful people of Kevin Depinet [22:46]

Content and balanced with life[23:10]

One thing that everyone should do before they die [23:35]

Give an advice to Young Kevin [23:58]

Set up your Roth IRA [24:40]

Be observant on people [24:12]

To reach out Kevin Depinet [25:31]

>Books mentioned

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Cobey

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life by Laura Vanderkam

People Mentioned

Todd Rosenthal

Todd Rosenthal is an American theatrical designer working in opera and theater, who won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Set Design for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s August: Osage County.

Ming Cho Lee

Ming Cho Lee has designed nationally and internationally for 50 years, for opera, dance, Broadway, and regional theatre, and is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the highest national award given in the arts. Other awards include the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture; Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, Outer Critic’s Circle and Drama Desk Awards; the TCG Theatre Practitioner Award; many others from the theatre and Chinese communities; and five honorary degrees.




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