Robert Wierzel – Lighting Designer
ROBERT WIERZEL (Lighting Design) has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theatre, dance, opera, contemporary music and museums with companies throughout the country and abroad.
Mr. Wierzel has worked on productions with the opera companies of Paris-Garnier (Les Indes Galantes); Tokyo (Opera Chushingura); Toronto; Wexford Ireland, Kristiansand & Bergen, Norway; Folk Opera, Sweden; Dutch National; New York City Opera; Glimmerglass Festival (30 seasons); Atlanta; Seattle; Boston Lyric; Minnesota; Philadeliphia, San Francisco; Houston; Washington National; Chicago Lyric; Opera Theatre of Chicago; Montreal; Vancouver; Florida Grand; Portland; Colorado; Pittsburgh; Wolf Trap; San Diego; Virginia; Lyric Opera/Kansas City and Gotham Chamber Opera among others.
Since 1985, Robert has collaborated with choreographer & director Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane 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.
His other dance collaborations include works with choreographers Liz Gerring; Sean Curran; Elizabeth Streb; Alexei Ratmansky/A.B.T; Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance; Doug Varone; Heidi Latsky; Larry Goldhuber; Molissa Fenely; Donna Uchizono; Alonzo King; Charlie Moulton; Michael Tracy/Pilobolus Dance Theatre; Arthur Aviles and Margo Sappington.
His theatre work has been seen on and off Broadway, including the play Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring Audra McDonald; the musical Fela! (Tony Award nomination) and at the Royal National Theatre of London, UK (directed by Bill T.Jones). 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 (recently Taming Of The Shrew & Troilus & Cressida, 2016 Summer in Central Park); The Signature Theatre (Two Trains Running, Hot ‘N Throbbing); The Roundabout (Indian Ink, 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). In addition, Robert has collaborated with the composer Philip Glass (Hydrogen Jukebox, Les Enfants Térribles- which won him an American Theatre Wing Lighting Design Award).
In addition, Mr. Wierzel 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, Rediscovering Fra Angelico-A Fragmentary History, among others; Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak, at the Jewish Museum NYC; Thomas Schütte- New Work, at the Peter Freeman Gallery, NYC, and The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-1950, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Furthermore, Robert has worked with the visual artists Peter McGough, Paul Kaiser, Lesley Dill, Robert Longo and Gretchen Bender.
His extensive regional theatre work includes productions at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Company; A.C.T. San Francisco; Berkley Rep; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Calgary Theatre Company. The Grand Theatre & Vancouver Playhouse, Canada; Center Stage-Baltimore; Arena Stage; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Shakespeare Theatre DC; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; 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; Alley Theatre, Houston; Dallas Theatre Center among many others.
Mr. Wierzel is currently a creative partner at Spark Design Collaborative and a faculty member of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Design for Stage & Film in New York City.
Robert Wierzel on Dance
Robert Wierzel on DanceLive Design Online
Horizon.No other American choreographer alive just now is making movement that so marvelously cleanses the palate the way Liz Gerring’s does. Robert Wierzel, Production/Lighting Designer; Amith Chandrashaker, Associate Lighting Designer.
NY TIMES REVIEW BY ALASTAIR MACAULAY "Not since Trisha Brown (who announced in 2012 that after 50 years of choreography, she would be making no new dances) have we had a dance-maker who conjures such spells from movement at its purest." ROBERT WIERZEL...
Minnesota Opera’s THE SHINING in workshop – Left to right: Mark Campbell, librettist; Erhard Rom, set designer; Robert Wierzel, lighting designer; Eric Simonson, stage director
Six months out, Minnesota Opera's 'The Shining' already sounds ominous. Red full Article here THE SHINING opens May 7, 2016.
Washington National Opera’s APPOMATTOX:”…Robert Wierzel’s shadowy lighting reinforced the elegiac quality of Act I and the continuing unrest of Act II.”
Wall Street Journal: ‘Appomattox’ Review: The War We’re Still Fighting In Philip Glass’s opera, Robert E. Lee’s surrender was only the start of the struggle for equality in America. "...Robert Wierzel’s shadowy lighting reinforced the elegiac quality of Act I and the...
Seeing Voting Rights Under Siege, Philip Glass Rewrites an Opera by Michael Cooper NYTimes November 10 2015
American Conservatory Theater Presents: Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! "The iconic moon on the lake scene with two teens in love is touching and mixes that bit of angst with Muriel and Richard. Well designed by Funicello and Wierzel, and Stangl direction with “first...
FIRST LOOK: Betty Buckley and Rachel York as the Beales in Bay Street's Grey Gardens Lighting by Robert Wierzel. Check out the first photos here.
The Wall Street Journal: Glimmerglass Festival Review: Celebrating 40 Years With performances of ‘Candide,’ ‘Macbeth’ and more, Glimmerglass remains a destination that promises opera lovers something new and special. Full review here. Robert Wierzel, Lighting Designer...
MACBETH – Glimmerglass Festival – Beth Goldenberg co-costume designer along with James Schuette. Robert Wierzel, Lighting Designer.
Michael Brandenburg as Macduff in The Glimmerglass Festival's 2015 production of "Macbeth." Photo: Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival. Beth Goldenberg co-costume designer along with James Schuette. Robert Wierzel, Lighting Designer.
San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater presents A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. Robert Wierzel, Lighting Designer.
And the latest production at A.C.T., closing out the mainstage season at the Geary Theater, is an elegantly designed, marvelously directed take on this essential piece of American musical theater. Robert Wierzel, Lighting Designer. SFist Reviews: 'A Little Night...
Last chance to catch Seattle Opera's Sizzling, Hot new production of SEMELE - Set Design, Erhard Rom and Lighting Designer, Robert Wierzel.
Check out the 30-second web promo spot for the sensuous and sparkling SEMELE. Handel's wonderfully witty myth comes to Seattle Opera for the very first time this February with a chic and stylish all-new production.
Lighting Dimensions Interview - Robert Wierzel on Dance