ROBERT WIERZEL (Lighting Design) As a lighting designer, Mr. Wierzel has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theatre, dance, contemporary music, museums and opera on stages throughout the country and abroad. Productions with the opera companies of Paris-Garnier (Les Indes Galantes); Tokyo (Opera Chushingura); Toronto; Bergen, Norway; Folk Opera, Sweden; New York City Opera; Glimmerglass; Seattle; Boston Lyric; Minnesota; San Francisco; Houston; Washington; Virginia; Chicago Lyric; Opera Theatre of Chicago; Montreal; Vancouver; Florida Grand; Portland; Colorado; Pittsburgh; Wolf Trap; San Diego and Gotham Chamber Opera (Tears Of The Night/ Voices Of The Forest), among others. His theatre work has been seen on and off Broadway, including the musical Fela! recently on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (Tony Award nomination) and at the Royal National Theatre of London, UK. Other productions include David Copperﬁeld’s Broadway debut Dreams and Nightmares; Grace Jones’ Hurricane Show at the Hammerstein Ballroom NYC; Savoy Theatre, London, (Enigmatic Variations); productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre (Othello); The Signature Theatre (Two Trains Running, Hot ‘N Throbbing); The Roundabout (The Deep Blue Sea); Playwrights Horizons (Jack’s Holiday, Moe’s Lucky Seven); Mostly Mozart Festival (Il Re Pastore); BAM (La Traviata, Arjuna’s Dilemma, Il Matrimonio Segreto); The Acting Company (Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Fire) and the Lincoln Center Festival/American Songbook Series (Orpheus & Euridice- choreographed by Doug Varone), among others.
Robert has a long collaboration (26 years) with choreographer & director Bill T. Jones and the
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (several Bessie Awards, along with productions at the
Lyon Opera Ballet and Berlin Opera Ballet); and Walking The Line (w/Bill T. Jones) at The Louvre
Museum, Paris. Robert has collaborated with the composer Philip Glass (Hydrogen Jukebox, Les
Enfants Térribles- which won him an American Theatre Wing Lighting Design Award), and the
visual artists Peter McGough, Paul Kaiser, Lesley Dill, Robert Longo, Bill Katz, Red Grooms and
Gretchen Bender, among others.
His extensive regional theatre work includes productions at A.C.T. San Francisco; Berkley Rep;
Calgary Theatre Company, Vancouver Playhouse, Canada; Center Stage-Baltimore; Arena
Stage; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Shakespeare Theatre DC; Hartford Stage; Long Wharf
Theatre; Westport Country Playhouse; Goodman Theatre; The Guthrie; Mark Taper Forum;
Geva Theatre; Actors Theatre/Louisville; Old Globe/San Diego; Laguna Playhouse; Yale Rep
and Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Chapel Hill among many others.
In addition, he has designed the lighting for selected art exhibitions including the Red Grooms
installation at Grand Central Station; at the Yale Art Gallery- Baule: African Art, Western Eyes
and Love & Loss: American Portrait And Mourning Miniatures; To Know the Dark; Making It New-The
Art & Style of Sara & Gerald Murphy, among others, and The American Century: Art and Culture
1900-1950, at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Robert is currently a faculty member of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts,
Department of Design for Stage & Film in New York City.
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