ROBERT PERRY has been designing lighting for over 30 years with projects ranging from Off-Broadway to dance and opera.  His designs have also been featured in numerous regional theatres across the country, including the Goodman Theatre, LaJolla 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 Dan Sullivan), Drowning Crow at the Goodman Theatre (Director Kate Whoriskey) and Crowns at the McCarter (Choreographer, Ronald K. Brown). 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 vast repertoire of directors he has designed for include Des McAnuff, Pam MacKinnon, Dan Sullivan, Joseph Chaikin, Michael Kahn, Seret Scott, Richard Hamburger, Regina Taylor, Shep Sobel 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

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