Robert Wierzel

Lecturer in Design


As a lighting designer, Mr. Wierzel has worked in theatre, dance, opera, contemporary music, and museums, with artists and directors from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, on stages throughout the country and abroad.

Productions include the opera  companies of Paris-Garnier; Tokyo; Toronto;  Bergen & Kristiansand Norway;  Folk Opera, Sweden;  New York City Opera; Glimmerglass Festival (25 seasons); 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, 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, U.K. Other productions include David Copperfield’s Broadway debut Dreams and Nightmares; Grace Jones’ Hurricane Show at the Hammerstein Ballroom NYC; Enigmatic Variations at the Savoy Theatre, London; and productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater; Signature Theatre Company; Roundabout Theatre Company; Playwrights Horizons; Mostly Mozart Festival; BAM; The Acting Company; and the Lincoln Center Festival/American Songbook Series, among others.

Robert has a long collaboration (27 years) with choreographer and 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 (with Bill T. Jones) at The Louvre Museum, Paris. His other dance collaborations include works with choreographers Liz Gerring; Andrea Miller (Gallim); Doug Varone; Larry Goldhuber and Heidi Latsky; Sean Curran; Molissa Fenely; Donna Uchizono; Alonzo King; Charlie Moulton; Arthur Aviles; Margo Sappington; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Robert has collaborated with the composer Philip Glass (Hydrogen JukeboxLes Enfants Térribles, 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, 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; A.C.T. San Francisco;  Berkley Repertory Theatre; Calgary Theatre Company and Vancouver Playhouse, Canada;  Baltimore’s Center Stage; Arena Stage, Washington DC; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Shakespeare Theatre DC;  Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre; Westport Country Playhouse; Goodman Theatre; Guthrie Theater;  Mark Taper Forum;  Geva Theatre; Actors Theatre of Louisville; The Old Globe, San Diego; Laguna Playhouse; Yale Repertory Theatre; and Playmakers Repertory Theatre,  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, and Whitney Museum of American Art. He is currently working on Coney Island- Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 for Hartford CT's Wadsworth Atheneum Museum.

Robert is a 1984 graduate of Yale School of Drama.