Skip Mercier

G.W. (Skip) Mercier is an American costume, puppet, and set designer. He has designed for over 370 productions of theater, musical theater, opera, dance, film, and television.

He is best known for his set and costume designs for Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass in which he received a Tony Award Nomination for Scenery and two Drama Desk Nominations for Scenic Design and Costume Design in 1997. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Washington School of Drama, where he teaches scenic design and costume design to both graduate students and undergraduates.

In 1980, Mercier graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California Berkeley with a BA in Dramatic Art and in 1983 received his MFA at the Yale School of Drama where he was named the Oenslager Scholar. Starting in 1983, he became a Resident Designer for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference until 2004 and has been the O’Neill National Theater Institute’s design instructor for over 20 years. He is also a Resident Designer for the Vineyard Theater in New York City and Geva Theatre Center in Rochester.

At the Vineyard Theater, he has received three Drama Desk Nominations for Bed and Sofa (1996) by Polly Pen and Laurence Klavan, Dream True (1999) by Tina Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon, and Head of Passes (2016) by Tarell McCraney. He also received the AUDELCO award for Outstanding Set Design and was regionally honored with the “Bay Area Critics Award” at Berkeley Repertory Theater for Head of Passes (2016).

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
Set Designer The Matador of 1st and 1st 1994-95 Season
Set Designer Christopher Columbus 1997-98 Season