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Stan at the Northampton convening. Photo: Lila Hurwitz

Stan at the Northampton convening. Photo: Lila Hurwitz


production/lighting designer

Stan Pressner has created the lighting for dance, theatre, opera and music events on five continents. His work can be found in the repertoires of, among others: The New York City Ballet, The Lyon Opera Ballet, Geneva Opera Ballet, Bill T.Jones/Arnie Zane, Ralph Lemon and Company, Bayerische Staadtsballet, The Atlanta Ballet, The Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Stephen Petronio and Dancers and The Netherlands Dance Theatre. Recent credits include: Twelfth Night and Richard III for Shakespeare’s Globe on Broadway, Jessye Norman’s Sacred Ellington for Carnegie Hall, Peer Gynt at the Guthrie, Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure for Shakespeare’s Globe, La Clemenza de Tito, Abduction From The Seraglio and Rake’s Progress for the Bayerische Staadtsoper, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Dances with Piano…, and Jean Genet’s The Blacks for the Market Theatre of Johannesberg. He was UCLA’s Visiting Professor of Dance Lighting from 1992­–94 and on the Faculty of the Juilliard School from 2000–08. He was the resident lighting designer of the Lincoln Center Festival from 1996–2010. Television credits include Two Moon July for the Kitchen and PBS, Night Music for WHYY-TV Philadelphia, Bravo’s Inside the Actor’s Studio and Airdance for Live from Off-Center. Pressner is the recipient of a 1988 New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for cumulative achievement, a 1997 Cable Ace Award for Inside the Actor’s Studio and a 1988, 1991 and 1994 American Theatre Wing Design Award nomination.