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Robert Perry







106 W. Pennsylvania Avenue

Urbana, IL 61801



IAG - Independent Artist Group

New York Office

3 Columbus Circle

23rd Floor

New York, NY 10019

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Independent Artist Group

A Career Snapshot...

ROBERT PERRY has been designing lighting for over 30 years with projects ranging from Off-Broadway to dance and opera.  Of his 250+ designs many have been featured in numerous regional theatres across the country, including the Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, California Shakespeare Festival, Triad Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre (Washington DC), the Intiman, Hartford Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the McCarter Theatre and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.  Highlights of his career include designing the lighting for the World Premieres of Lost Lake at Manhattan Theater Club (Director Daniel Sullivan), Drowning Crow at the Goodman Theatre (Director Kate Whoriskey), Crowns at the McCarter (Choreographer, Ronald K. Brown) and August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean directed by Chuck Smith at the Goodman Theatre. In addition, Robert is credited with designing the lighting for the New York Premieres of Reefer Madness at the Variety Arts Theatre (Choreographer, Paula Abdul), David Mamet’s Boston Marriage at New York’s Public Theater and The Water Engine at the Atlantic Theater Company for which he received a Drama Desk nomination.  Robert’s extensive repertoire of directors he has designed for include Des McAnuff, Pam MacKinnon, Daniel Sullivan, Rebecca Taichman, Chuck Smith, Annie Dorsen, Mark Lamos, Mia Walker, Joseph Chaikin, Regina Taylor, Michael Kahn, Seret Scott, Aaron Posner, Barbara Gaines, Richard Hamburger, Lucie Tiberghien, Andy Fickman, John Cameron Mitchell, Shep Sobel, Tony Walton and Kate Whoriskey.  Mr. Perry holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama and a BFA degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local #829 and currently teaches lighting design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Examples of his theatrical work can be viewed at

My personal reflections...

As a lighting designer, I sculpt a three-dimensional space within a frame, with specific control inside that space. Lighting design for the stage is not only visual, but a visceral and expressive response to the work. As a designer, I connect to the emotional and intellectual sentiment of any text, libretto, musical score, or choreography. It is my charge to help audiences journey with me to see what I see, directing the viewer where to look on stage,
and when to look there.


All's Well That Ends Well
llighting tech table set-up | Triad Stage | Greensboro, NC
Oldest Story in the World | World Premiere
Robert Perry at work in the Southern Theater | Minneapolis, MN
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