Beverly Emmons

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Beverly Emmons
Born (1943-12-12) December 12, 1943 (age 76)
OccupationLighting designer
Spouse(s)Peter Simon
Awards6 Tony Award nominations

Beverly Emmons (b. December 12, 1943)[1] is a lighting designer for the stage, dance and opera.[2]


Emmons graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1965 and then worked as an assistant to Jules Fisher.[3] Her first credit as a lighting designer was with the Off-Broadway play Sensations in 1970. Emmons first Broadway work was A Letter for Queen Victoria in 1975. She has been the lighting designer for many Broadway plays and musicals since then, most recently the revival of Annie Get Your Gun in 1999[4] and Stick Fly in 2011.[5]

She has worked for ballet companies, including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and also for choreographers such as Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones and Trisha Brown.[6] Her work for opera includes the Robert Wilson and Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach in November 1976 at the Metropolitan Opera House,[7] and the Robert Wilson opera The Civil Wars: A Tree Is Best Measured When It Is Down, performed in 1986 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.[8]

She was on the graduate theater faculty of Columbia University, was the artistic director of the Lincoln Center Institute from 1997 to 2002,[6] and is currently on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tony Award for Best Lighting Design nominee
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Lighting Design nominee




  1. ^ Emmons Biography", accessed November 1, 2011
  2. ^ "Beverly Emmons biography" Archived May 31, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, accessed November 1, 2011
  3. ^ "A Brief Outline of the History of Stage Lighting", accessed November 1, 2011
  4. ^ Brantley, Ben."Theater Review: Everything The Traffic Will Allow" The New York Times, March 5, 1999
  5. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Rosie Benton Completes Cast of Broadway's 'Stick Fly'" Archived October 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, September 14, 2011
  6. ^ a b Onofri, Adrienne."Groundbreaking Women in Theater: Lighting Designer Beverly Emmons", March 12, 2005
  7. ^ Barnes, Clive."'Einstein on the Beach' Transforms Boredom Into Memorable Theater" (abstract) The New York Times, November 23, 1976
  8. ^ Henahan, Donal."Opera: Prologue And Act V Of Robert Wilson Work" The New York Times, December 16, 1986
  9. ^ "Tony Nominees: Best Lighting Design", May 18, 1997

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