Robert Wierzel

Lighting Design

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.

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