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Robert Wierzel

Robert Wierzel
Adjunct Teacher


Intro to Lighting
Lighting Design III


B.A., South Florida
M.F.A., Yale


As a lighting designer, Mr. Wierzel has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theatre, dance, contemporary music, museums and opera on stages throughout the country and abroad. This summer Robert worked on a new production of Aida, directed by Francesca Zambello and Lost In The Stars, directed by Tazewell Thompson, both for Glimmerglass Festival. He is currently in pre-production for Tales From Hollywood, a play, directed by Ethan McSweeny at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; also in pre-production with The Pearl Fishers, an opera, directed by Tazewell Thompson at Virginia Opera. Both will open in September 2012.

Robert has worked on productions with the opera companies of Paris-Garnier (Les Indes Galantes); Tokyo (Opera Chushingura); Toronto; Bergen, Norway; Folk Opera, Sweden; New York City Opera; Glimmerglass Festival; Seattle; Boston Lyric; Minnesota; San Francisco; Houston;  Washington; Virginia; Chicago Lyric; Opera Theatre of Chicago; Montreal; Vancouver; Florida Grand; Portland; Colorado; Pittsburgh; Wolf Trap; San Diego and Gotham Chamber Opera (Tears Of The Night/ Voices Of The Forest), among others.

His theatre work has been seen on and off Broadway, including the musical Fela! (Tony Award nomination) and at the Royal National Theatre of London, UK. 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 (Othello); The Signature Theatre (Two Trains Running, Hot ‘N Throbbing); The Roundabout (The Deep Blue Sea); Playwrights Horizons (Jack’sHoliday, 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), among others.

Robert has a long collaboration (26 years) with choreographer & director Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (several Bessie Awards), along with productions at the Lyon Opera Ballet and Berlin Opera Ballet; and Walking The Line at The Louvre Museum, Paris. Robert has collaborated with the composer Philip Glass (Hydrogen Jukebox, Les Enfants Térribles- which won him an American Theatre Wing Lighting Design Award), and the visual artists Thomas Schütte, Peter McGough, Paul Kaiser, Lesley Dill, Robert Longo, Bill Katz, Red Grooms and Gretchen Bender, among others.

His extensive regional theatre work includes productions at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre Company (Ghost Brothers of Darkland County); A.C.T. San Francisco; Berkley Rep; Calgary Theatre Company & Vancouver Playhouse, Canada; Center Stage-Baltimore; Arena Stage; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Shakespeare Theatre DC; 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 and Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Chapel Hill among many others.

In addition, he 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, among others, and The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-1950, at the Whitney Museum of American Art.