Christopher Akerlind

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Christopher Akerlind (born May 1, 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut)[1] is an American lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance. He won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design for Indecent. He also won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for Light in the Piazza and an Obie Award for sustained excellence for his work Off-Broadway.

He attended Boston University College of Fine Arts (1985)[2] and the Yale School of Drama, training with Jennifer Tipton.

He was Head of Lighting Design and Director of the Design & Production Programs at the CalArts School of Theater.

He has designed many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, working on both musicals and straight plays. He is noted for his work for director Lloyd Richards on the first productions of the plays of August Wilson, including The Piano Lesson (1990) and Seven Guitars (1996).

He was the Resident Lighting Designer for twelve years at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Akerlind was a Visiting Associate Professor and Director of Production at the University of Southern California School of the Theatre (now the School of Dramatic Arts) from 2007 to 2008, has guest taught at New York University, the University of Connecticut, Yale, and for the Broadway Lighting Master Classes.[3]

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  1. ^ Centerstage magazine, reprint of article from the Baltimore Sun, J. Wynn Rousuck, December 12, 2006 Archived October 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ O’Rourke, John; Vellner, Tom (June 8, 2012). "A Lighting Designer in the Spotlight". BU Today. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  3. ^ Sherwood, Tony."Tony Award Winner Joins Theatre School" Archived 2009-05-27 at the Wayback Machine,, September 7, 2007
  4. ^ "Rocky The Musical | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Archived from the original on 2013-10-05.
  5. ^ "Sting musical The Last Ship sets sail for Broadway". Toronto Star. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Broadway-Bound Musical Waitress Is Going to Make Some History". Playbill. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016.

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