Ray Recht is a Professor of Theatre Arts and coordinates the Design/Tech Theater Program at Marymount Manhattan College and continues to design professionally. Broadway designs include The Flowering Peach, Trick, Slab Boys, The Babe, and national tours of Mrs. Klein, Sarafina, Annie, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has designed over 20 Off-Broadway productions, including Collected Stories, Marc Salem’s MindGames, Mrs. Klein, and Frugal Repast. Professor Recht has designed over 240 shows for many regional theaters including The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Florida Repertory Theater, Asolo Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival Theater, Weston Playhouse, and The George Street Playhouse.
Internationally, he designed for Wien Staatsoper Ballet, Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, and Manitoba Theatre Centre. Additionally he has been production designer or art director for feature films, television shows, 200 television commercials, infomercials, and many Saturday Night Live spoof commercials.
Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal reviewed Florida Rep’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa, calling the production “a model of creative taste…profoundly satisfying, and likewise Ray Recht’s thatched-roof set, in which kitchen-sink naturalism is leavened with similarly subtle touches of fantasy meant to remind the viewer that Mr. Friel is showing us the Mundy family through the scrim of memory.”
He received his M.F.A. from Yale University Drama School and his B.F.A. from Carnegie- Mellon University Drama School. Mr. Recht is a proud member of United Scenic Artists-Local 829