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Michael Philippi Models

Identifier: spe-t00072

Scope and Contents

The Michael Philippi Models consist of two partial set models for productions staged at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.


  • 1990 - 1991


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Materials are open without restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Michael Philippi (1951-2009) was born in Appleton, Wis. where he began creating set designs at a young age at James Madison Junior High School. He later attended the University of Wisconsin, and worked as a professional scenic and lighting designer for theaters nationwide in addition to teaching lighting design at DePaul University.

Much of his work was realized on the stages of Chicago theaters including Northlight, Court, Remains, St. Nicholas, Chicago Opera and Chicago Shakespeare, as well as other Midwest regionals. At Wisdom Bridge Theatre, he worked with director Robert Falls where his scenic and lighting designs earned him Jeff Awards for Terra Nova (1984) and In the Belly of the Beast (1983). He continued his work with Falls and others on numerous productions at the Goodman Theatre including Desire Under the Elms, Death of a Salesman and The Speed of Darkness, all of which transferred to Broadway. Other Goodman credits include King Lear, Finishing the Picture, A Life in the Theatre, Heartbreak House, Blue Surge, Boy Gets Girl, Somebody Else’s House, On the Open Road and Pal Joey.

Philippi’s successful designs earned him multiple Jeff Award nominations and wins. He was also the recipient of two Hollywood Drama-Logue Awards.


1.5 Linear Feet (in 1 box, includes 2 models)

Language of Materials



Michael Philippi worked on stages nationwide and in Chicago. Collection includes two partial set models for productions staged at Goodman Theatre.


Models are listed chronologically.

Physical Location

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least 24-hours prior to your research visit to coordinate access.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Miriam Hack in 2017

Related Materials

  • Candlelight Dinner Playhouse / Forum Theater Records
  • Goodman Theatre Archive
  • Northlight Theater Records
  • Organic Theater Company Records
  • St. Nicholas Theatre Records
  • Wisdom Bridge Theater Records
  • Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Madison, Wis. (Philippi’s papers and the majority of his records are housed in Madison at the University of Wisconsin.)



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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605 United States
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