Paul Tate dePoo
Paul Tate dePoo III is an international scenic and production designer and the founder of Tate Design Group, establishing himself as “one to watch” in production and design. dePoo’s exquisitely bold and aesthetically balanced design aesthetic combined with his commitment to excellence and attention to detail helps bring the stage to life in each of his works. In 2015, the New York Times described dePoo’s design for R.B. Schlather’s production of the Handel opera Alcina as “ingenius.” Live Design Magazine also named him the ‘2015's Designer to Watch.’
dePoo founded his Tate Design Group studio in 2012, with a mission to create worlds that help to tell a complete story while also pushing the standard with an impeccable balance of beautiful design and performance. Tate Design Group caters to serve beyond the industry standard of theatre, to music, events, film, restaurants, and hospitality.
dePoo began his career assisting under the wing of Tony Award-winning designer David Zinn as well as Michael Cotton on the design of Michael Jackson’s This Is It at the O2 Arena in London. From there, dePoo went on to work on a number of award-winning productions including the Emmy Award-winning Lincoln Center production of Sweeney Todd [Noone], starring Emma Thompson; the 2014 Broadway production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill [Noone], which famously won Audra McDonald her record-breaking sixth Tony Award; and Anything Goes [McLane] which was nominated for Best Scenic Design at the 2011 Tony Awards.
Just prior to forming Tate Design Group, DePoo was an associate designer for Tony and Emmy-award winning scenic designer Derek McLane for over three years, adding Broadway productions including How To Succeed In Business, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Bengal Tiger and the Baghdad Zoo, Follies, and Tony Award-winning Anything Goes to his resume.
Under Tate Design Group, dePoo has also worked with a number of Broadway directors and choreographers including Tony Award winners Savion Glover, and Joey McKneely, as well as Gabriel Barre, Marc Bruni, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Gordon Greenberg, Richard Hinds, JoAnn Hunter, Dennis Jones, Dan Knechtges, Lorin Latarro, Matt Lenz, Joshua Price, Josh Rhodes, Eric Schaefer, R.B. Schlather, and Don Stephenson.
Most recently, dePoo designed the sets for the Broadway-bound productions of TITANIC , Josephine and War of the Roses, as well the design for the world’s largest TED Talk event at the Boston Opera House. This summer, he will be designing the opening ceremonies for the MUNY's centennial celebration in St. Louis, the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre where he previously designed Jesus Christ Superstar, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Young Frankenstein and this year's Singin' In the Rain and Jersey Boys. dePoo is currently designing his first restaurant, Swim Two Birds, in Jackson Heights, Queens, which is owned by internationally renowned chef Stewart Wadden, former chef for the British Royal Family.
dePoo has taught and lectured at Yale University, Boston University, Penn State, and Rutgers University. He is a member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab and United Scenic Artists. dePoo earned his BFA in Production Design from Boston University.