FEED presents The Life of a Lighting Designer

Our post-show FEED panels for 10 out of 12  hope to draw back the curtain on the world of unheralded theatre professions. WIth this one, we had an amazingly interesting chat with two of New York’s foremost lighting designers – Tyler Micoleau and Justin Townsend. Moderator Anne Washburn delved into questions of how these guys found lighting design, what influences them, qualities of light they are passionate about, as well as other artistic expression from which they draw influence.


TYLER MICOLEAU (Lighting Designer) For Soho Rep.: Blasted, 60 Miles To Silver Lake. Recent Off-Broadway: Iowa (Playwrights Horizons); The World Of Extreme Happiness (MTC, Stage I); The Invisible Hand (New York Theatre Workshop); By The Water (MTC, Stage II); The Fortress Of Solitude (Public); The Winters’ Tale (PublicWorks at the Delacorte); The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature); The City Of Conversation (LCT, Mitzi). Other notable Off-Broadway: When The Rain Stops Falling (LCT, Lucille Lortel Award); Bug (Barrow Street, Lucille Lortel and OBIE Awards). Regional: Huntington, Alley, Goodman, ART, Trinity Rep, Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf, among others. 2010 OBIE for Sustained Excellence. www.tylermicoleau.com

JUSTIN TOWNSEND (Lighting Designer) For Soho Rep.: 10 out of 12. Broadway: Casa Valentina; A Night with Janis Joplin; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Other Place, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Some of his New York work includes: Here Lies Love (Public Theater); Winter’s Tale (PublicWorks); Pretty Filthy  (Civilians); Mr. Burns… (Playwrights Horizons – Henry Hewes Award); Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (2ndStage); Hamlet; A Man’s a Man; Caucasian Chalk Circle; Galileo; Unnatural Acts (CSC), and Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project). Obie for sustained excellence 2014. Assistant Professor Brooklyn College. www.justintownsend.com

ANNE WASHBURN (Moderator) Her plays include 10 out of 12, Mr. Burns…, The Internationalist, A Devil At Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved, Strangers, The Ladies, The Small and a transadaptation of Euripides’ Orestes. Her work has been premiered by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, The Almeida, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., Two River Theater Company, and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Whiting, a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, and Susan Smith Blackburn finalist.


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