On May 13, Goodman Theatre will hold a Celebration of Life for its longtime resident lighting designer, Robert Christen who passed away at age 64 in March.
With over 100 productions, spanning four decades at the Goodman Theatre, Christen was one of the most prolific live performance designers in the country. Besides lighting the annual production of A Christmas Carol since its original production in 1978, Christen lit over 30 premiere productions, including David Mamet’s American Buffalo in 1975 and A Life in the Theatre in 1977. Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room in 1990 and 1993, Rebecca Gilman’s Spinning into Butter in 1999, and Chuck Smith’s production of Pullman Porter Blues are just a few samples of Christen’s extensive credits.
Christen worked with several members of the Artistic Collective, including Michael Maggio, Frank Galati, David Petrarca, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, and Regina Taylor. He designed lighting for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and many more. His dance lighting credits include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio, and more.
For full list of Christen's credits, visit Goodman Theatre pressroom.