Court Watson is a New York City based Set and Costume Designer. His design credits include King for a Day, Annie Get Your Gun, and Blizzard at Marblehead Neck (Glimmerglass Festival), Les Contes d'Hoffmann (National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing, directed by Francesca Zambello), La bohème and Rigoletto (Wolf Trap Opera), Baden-Baden 1927 (Gotham Chamber Opera, directed by Paul Curran), La Chauve-Souris (Opéra Nice Côte d'Azur), Jekyll & Hyde and West Side Story (Magdeburg, Germany), Man of La Mancha (Central City Opera and Utah Opera, directed by Paul Curran), Hänsel & Gretel, Spamalot, Annie, The Sound of Music, The Nutcracker, Jonny spielt auf, Die Fledermaus, Der Himmel über Berlin, Wir gründen eine Bank, and Frau Luna (Salzburger Landestheater), Rockville and AIDA (Amstetten, Austria), Hairspray (Deutschestheater Munich), All's Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare Theatre Company), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Liberty Smith, Little Shop of Horrors (Ford's Theatre), Good News, Meet John Doe (Goodspeed), Kiss Me, Kate (Barter Theatre), Gospel at Colonus, One Man, Two Guv'nors, and EVITA (ZACH Theatre), Harlequinade, Don Quixote (Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet), Roll Out the Barrel, London Rocks (2015), Illuminights: A Busch Gardens Encore (Busch Gardens, Williamsburg), Sea Lion High, O Wondrous Night, Clyde & Seamore's Christmas Countdown, SeaWorld Celebrates Christmas - Sea of Trees (SeaWorld, Orlando), Azul (SeaWorld, San Antonio), Cabaret, Lend Me a Tenor, Fiddler on the Roof, The Foreigner, Little Shop of Horrors, and Other People's Money (Engeman Theatre), Jungle Books (CityDance Ensemble), It Must Be Him (Off-Broadway), Dear Edwina (Daryl Roth Theatre 2 – Off-Broadway), The Stagedoor Canteen (National World War II Museum), Olympia Dukakis' Another Side of the Island (Alpine Theatre Project), Birthday Sax (Ars Nova and Joes' Pub), and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Actor’s Studio & La Mama, directed by Estelle Parsons).
Court has been an Assistant Designer on numerous Broadway and West End shows, including Guys & Dolls, Grease!, Lestat, Little Women, The Coast of Utopia, Cry*Baby, South Pacific, Mauritius, High Fidelity, Imagine This, and Prince of Egypt working with Paul Tazewell, Derek McLane, Catherine Zuber, Anna Louizos, and Ann Hould-Ward. He has been a Guest Designer on ABC's All My Children and One Life to Live.
Court spent four seasons at The Lost Colony in Manteo, North Carolina. He is a two-time First Place winner at the Southeastern Theatre Conference and won the Region IV Barbizon Prize at the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival. His watercolors are in private collections throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. His artwork has been exhibited in numerous group shows at New York's Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Museum including The Male Gaze, Dirty Little Drawings and Boy Bordello, and in the 2017 and 2019 Fire Island Pines Biennial. His work has also been featured in 100 Artists of the Male Figure, Doable Guys, and Murn Magazine.
Court holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Sehnsucht Incorporated was founded by Set and Costume Designer Court Watson in 2012. Sehnsucht designs scenery and costumes for themed and family entertainment as well as opera, musicals, ballet, and plays. Clients include SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Ford's Theatre, the ZACH Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, the Barter Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, Bay Area Children's Theatre, iThearics / Music Theatre International, Opéra de Nice, the Deutschestheater München, the Salzburger Landestheater, the Glimmerglass Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Columbus, and more. The word Sehnsucht is German for 'aspiration' or 'longing.'
Headshot by Victor Giganti.