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Associate Set Designer - NAP 12 (Amsterdam), NAP 14 (Paris)

Biography (2010)[]

Paul Gallis created his first professional set design for the Holland Festival The Netherlands) in 1974. For seven years he was a member of the artistic board of Netherland´s Globe Theatre Group, and when the Theatre Group Amsterdam was founded in 1987, he held the same position and was the head of design there for 13 years; since that time he has free-lanced in the Netherlands and abroad.

Paul has created over 300 set designs for theatre, opera, ballet, musicals and film, working in amongst others the Schiller Theater and Deutsches Theatre Berlin), Schauspielhaus Bonn, Das Thalia Theater (Hamburg), Das Coloseum Theater (Essen), Das Apollo Theater (Stuttgart), Opera De Nice, Det Ny Teater Copenhagen), Theatro La Scala (Milan), Het Eilandje and het Stadstheater (Antwerp) and Opera de la Monnaie (Brussels). On Broadway, Paul designed Cyrano the Musical. Other musicals include She loves me, Joe, the Musical, Evita and Elisabeth, for which he received the 2001 Prize for Bester Ausstatter. His design for West Side Story has been seen all over Europe and Asia and the production is still running today. He was also awarded with the prestigious "Proscenium Award”.

His design for the exhibition “HollandRama” in the Open Air Museum in Arnhem - a "flying" capsule for an audience of 150, who see over 20 panoramas - received the global “Thea Award” for Innovative Museum Display - the “Oscar” of the museum world. The Queen of the Netherlands awarded him the title "Ridder in de orde van Oranje Nassau" (Knight in the Order of Orange) for his importance for theater in the Netherlands.

In 2009 Paul Gallis also received the Johnny Kraaykamp award for “best set design in a musical” for Anatevka.