Dennis Parichy

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Dennis Parichy is an award-winning American lighting designer. Parichy has designed lights for more than 15 Broadway productions since 1976, including: The Price, The Tenth Man, Coastal Disturbances, Penn & Teller, Burn This, The Nerd, As Is, Angels Fall, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Duet for One, Crimes of the Heart, The Water Engine, and Knock Knock. Parichy has been nominated three times for a Tony Award for his work on Redwood Curtain, Fifth of July, and Talley's Folly, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. He was resident lighting designer for Circle Repertory Company where he worked with director Marshall Mason on the first productions of plays by many American playwrights, most notably Lanford Wilson. He lit many productions for The Manhattan Theatre Club ("Ashes", "End of Play", "Valley Song", "Playland", "The Last Yankee", and "Eleemosynary" among others) and continues to design for regional theatres throughout the country. These include The Arizona Theatre Company, The Pioneer Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Mark Taper Forum, The McCarter Theatre, The Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep and People's Light and Theatre Company, where he is an Associate Artist. He received an OBIE for Distinguished Lighting Design for his work off-Broadway.

Parichy trained at Northwestern University under Prof. Theodore Fuchs, and has himself taught many other designers at Barnard College, Brandeis University and, currently, at SUNY Purchase. He is author of the book Illuminating the Play: The Artistry of Lighting Design.

Further reading[edit]

  • Parichy, Dennis (2009). Illuminating the Play: The Artistry of Lighting Design (First edition ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. p. 222 pp. ISBN 978-0-325-01200-1.