Mimi Lien

13 Aug 2020


Pig Iron Theatre Company, Superterranean, 2019. Pictured: Rolls André, Isaac Calvin, Pew Fellow Dito van Reigersberg, and Chelsea Murphy. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Mimi Lien is a set designer who draws from her background in architecture to design sets for theater, dance, and opera. She is the first set designer to ever receive a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2017, she received a Tony Award for “Best Scenic Design in a Musical” for her work on Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812. Her stage designs were exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial in 2015 and 2011, and her sculptures were featured in the exhibition Landscapes of Quarantine at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. Lien received an MFA in stage design from New York University and a BA in architecture from Yale University. In 2019, she collaborated with Pig Iron Theatre Company on the Center-supported production of Superterranean.