Robert Wierzel

Lighting Designer

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. He has done lighting design with The Lyon Opera Ballet for Bill T. Jones's Green and Blue, with The Virginia Opera on Julius Caesar, and Philip Glass' opera Les Enfants Terribles . He has collaborated with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. (Bessie Award 1993 for sustained achievement in Lighting Design) on numerous projects over the past two decades, including Degga by Bill T. Jones, Toni Morrison and Max Roach and on The Telling , a piece by Bill T. Jones, Max Roach, and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. He has worked with David Copperfield on his Broadway production Dreams and Nightmares , with Philip Glass on 1000 Airplanes on the Roof and Hydrogen Jukebox (1991 American Theatre Wing Award), Glimmerglass Opera, The Seattle Opera, The Canadian Opera, The Houston Grand Opera, choreographers Margo Sappington and J. Fregalette-Jansen, and is collaborating with Costume and Set Designer Eiko Ishioka on the Opera Chushingura for the Tokyo Opera. His theatre work includes productions at the McCarter Theatre, Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Guthrie Theatre, Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, and American Repertory Theatre, among others. He currently teaches Lighting Design at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.