Communications in Humanities Research

Communications in Humanities Research

Vol. 1, 12 December 2021

Open Access | Article

A Review of David Korins’ Set Designs

Pengfei Liu * 1
1 College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Communications in Humanities Research, Vol. 1, 105-110
Published 12 December 2021. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Citation Pengfei Liu. A Review of David Korins’ Set Designs. CHR (2021) Vol. 1: 105-110. DOI: 10.54254/chr.iceipi.2021237.


This article examines three of David Korins’ most successful works: Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Beetlejuice. By analyzing the set designs he made for these three shows, this article argues that Korins has a strong ability to find the solution to the specific design details that are linked closely to the plot, characters, and the author of the show to support the visual play and immersive environment. However, Korins’ designs sometimes can call too much attention to themselves, suggesting that the live performance is in service to the set rather than creating sets that are in service to the show. This risky characteristic becomes more and more prominent in his career.


Hamilton, Set design, Beetlejuice, Dear Evan Hansen, David Korins, Drama


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