“When the field was in its infancy, he influenced stage design,
helped define the designer's role in the production process,
and challenged the American stage in theory and practice."³
Mordecai Gorelik (1899-1990) was an American theatrical designer, best known for his work with the Group Theatre and his metaphorical approach to scenic design.¹
Throughout the 20th century, he collaborated with some of the most influential theater makers, such as Lee Strasberg, Arthur Miller, and Eugene O'Neill.²
Having been influenced by the genius of Bertolt Brecht in the 1935, Mordecai Gorelik was also the first American theatre practitioner to introduce "Epic Theater" to America.¹
1. Fletcher, Anne. "The Gestus of Scene Design: Mordecai Gorelik and the Theatre Union's Production of Brecht's 'The Mother'"Theatre History Studies 23 (2003):
95-108. ProQuest. Web. 15 May 2016.
2. Sweetnam, Robert R. "Books in Review: Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik: Scene Design and the American Theatre."New England Theatre Journal 21 (2010):
181-83. ProQuest. Web. 15 May 2016.
3. Fletcher, Anne. Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik: Scene Design and the American Theatre. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2009. Print.