Musical Theatre Dept.
Lighting designer Beverly Emmons has designed for Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater, dance, and opera both in the United States and abroad. Her Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Jekyll & Hyde, The Heiress, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, High Rollers, Stepping Out, The Elephant Man, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, The Dresser, Piaf, and Doonesbury. Her lighting of Amadeus won a Tony award. Off-Broadway she lit Vagina Monologues and has designed many productions with Joseph Chaikin and Meredith Monk. For Robert Wilson, she has designed lighting for productions spanning 13 years, most notably, in America, Einstein on the Beach and the CIVIL warS, Pt. V. Ms. Emmons’s designs for dance have included works for Trisha Brown, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham. She has been awarded seven Tony nominations, the 1976 Lumen award, 1984 and 1986 Bessies, and a 1980 Obie for Distinguished Lighting, as well as several Maharam/American Theater Wing Design Awards. She participated on the 2010–13 Tony Nominating Committee. Additionally, she has created and curated TheLightingArchive.organd LightingDB.nypl.org, two websites that make historical lighting documents accessible to students and scholars on the internet.