Robert M. Wierzel (Lighting)

As a lighting designer, Mr. Wierzel has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theatre, dance, new music, museums, and opera on stages throughout the country and abroad. Productions with opera companies of Paris (Garnier), Tokyo, Toronto, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, Seattle, Virginia, Chicago (including Lyric Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre), Montreal, Vancouver, Minnesota, Florida, Portland, Glimmerglass, and New York City Opera among others. Credits also include performance telecasts of Tosca, Lizzie Borden, and Paul Bunyan at New York City Opera and Central Park at Glimmerglass Opera. Numerous collaborations (20 years) with choreographer Bill T. Jones and the dance company of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (several Bessie Awards, along with productions at the Lyon Opera Ballet and Berlin Opera Ballet); Robert has collaborated with the composer Philip Glass (American Theatre Wing Lighting Design Award), and the visual artists Paul Kaiser, Lesley Dill, and Robert Longo, among others. His extensive regional theatre work includes productions at Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Milwaukee Rep, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Guthrie, Mark Taper Forum, Westport Country Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, and the Berkley Rep, among others. Dance collaborations with choreographers Larry Goldhuber and Heidi Latsky, Worse Case Scenario (Bessie Award), Margo Sappington, Sean Curran, Molissa Fenely, Doug Varone, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and Trisha Brown Dance Company. In New York, he has been seen on and off-Broadway including productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, The Signature Theatre, MCC, The Roundabout Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, INTAR, Mostly Mozart Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center's Serious Fun! Festival, Circle Repertory Theatre, Gotham Chamber Opera, and David Copperfield's Broadway debut Dreams and Nightmares. In addition, he has designed the lighting for many art exhibitions at museums around the country, including the Environmental Art Installation Red Grooms at Grand Central Station, Baule: African Art, Western Eyes, and Love & Loss: American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures at Yale Art Gallery; and The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-1950, the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.