Theatre FaculyROBERT PERRY has designed lighting for over 25 years with projects ranging from Off-Broadway to dance and opera. His designs has also been featured in numerous regional theatres across the country, including the Goodman Theatre, LaJolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, California Shakespeare Festival, Triad Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre (Washington DC), the Intiman, Hartford Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the McCarter Theatre and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Highlights of his career include designing the lighting for the World Premieres of Drowning Crow at the Goodman Theatre (Director Kate Whoriskey) and Crowns at the McCarter (Choreographer, Ronald K. Brown). In addition, Robert is credited with designing the lighting for the New York Premieres of Reefer Madness at the Variety Arts Theatre (Choreographer, Paula Abdul) and David Mamet’s Boston Marriage at New York’s Joseph Papp Public Theater.

Robert’s vast repertoire of directors he has designed for include Tony Award winning directors Des McAnuff and Pam MacKinnon in addition to Joseph Chaikin, Michael Kahn, Seret Scott, Richard Hamburger, Regina Taylor, Shep Sobel and Kate Whoriskey.

Awards include a Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Award for Best Lighting Design for the New York premiere of Crowns (2nd Stage), a Dean Goodman Choice Award for Best Lighting Design for The Skin of Our Teeth (California Shakespeare Festival), the Knoxville Area Theatre Coalitions Award for Best Lighting Design for Catfish Moon (Clarence Brown Theatre) and the Dallas-Fortworth Theater Critics Forum Award for Best Design Team for Inexpressible Island (Dallas Theater Center). Robert also has received several award nominations including: a Drama Desk Award nomination for David Mamet’s The Water Engine (Atlantic Theater Company) and a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Love’s Labor’s Lost (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre).

For five years he was the Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at the University of Miami and Resident Lighting Designer for the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. From 2011-2013 he was the Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.

In addition to his theatrical lighting career Robert is also a renowned lighting sculptor in which he creates sculptures that incorporate incandescent bulbs into 3-dimensional pieces made from recycled metals and found objects. To view his sculptural work please visit his website at www.structuresoflight.com. Robert also has a background in music performance having studied at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and Musicians’ Institute in Hollywood, California.

Mr. Perry received a Masters Degree of Fine Arts from Yale University’s Yale School of Drama and a BFA degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local #829. Examples of his theatrical work can be viewed at www.robertperrydesign.com.

 

Email: robperry@illinois.edu