On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Hewes Design Awards - 1987
An architect and set designer, Tom Kamm has created over fifty sets for theatre, opera, dance, and television. He designed sets for stages in Holland, Germany, Italy, France, and Japan; for regional theatres throughout the United States and for new play venues Off-Broadway in New York. Seven of these projects were for internationally acclaimed director Robert Wilson, including The Civil Wars and The Forest, with music composed by Phillip Glass and David Byrne. Tom Kamm and Robert Wilson received an American Theatre Wing Award for The Civil Wars in 1987. Mr. Kamm also designed premieres of new works by playwrights Tony Kushner (Angels in America), Charles Mee (The Investigation of a Murder in El Salvador), and José Rivera (Each Day Dies with Sleep) and designed three new dances for choreographer Susan Marshall. His set design for Mikel Rouse’s The End of Cinematics (BAM Next Wave Festival 2005) was published in Live Design Magazine, the nation’s leading journal for performing arts design. It was also exhibited as a part of the United States’ entry to the 2007 Prague Quadrennial. He is a Helen Hayes Award nominee (2009) for the set design of Boom (Woolly Mammoth Theatre).
In addition to his stage work, Tom Kamm is the founding principal of Kamm Architecture, based in Washington, DC. The firm specializes in the design of performing arts facilities, commercial and educational facilities and custom residences. His work has been exhibited in Chicago’s I-space Gallery and published in design journals such as Herman Miller’s See Magazine, Luxe Magazine and Architecture DC.
Mr. Kamm received his BA in Drama from UC, San Diego, and an M.Arch. degree, from Yale School of Architecture, where he received the prestigious Robert A. Ward award. He is a former University of Illinois School of Architecture faculty member and lectures frequently on the intersection between architecture and the performing arts. Recent engagements include the four-part series Issues in Contemporary Architecture (The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC) and the symposium The Arts Center of the 21st Century (Dartmouth University).