The Tony Award-winning master of Broadway lighting, Jules Fisher*, will once again lead the faculty for the 2010 Live Design Broadway Lighting Master Classes (BLMC), when the 16th annual BLMC takes place on May 25-27 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU in New York City. The outstanding faculty includes Peggy Eisenhauer, Beverly Emmons Wendall K. Harrington, Donald Holder, Peter Kaczorowski, Brian MacDevitt, Clifton Taylor, and Robert Wierzel. Both Kaczorowski and Wierzel make their debut appearances at this year’s BLMC.
All attendees will see a performance of the award-winning Broadway musical, FELA! —plus an in-depth critique of the designs by LD Robert Wierzel and a special panel on his collaboration with projection designer Peter Nigrini and other members of the creative team. Cutting-edge gear will also be on display at the BLMC Manufacturers Showcase on May 25 and 26, featuring leading manufacturers and distributors of lighting technology. A closing brunch on May 27 comprises the lighting critique and collaboration panel on FELA!
“We are very pleased to welcome Peter Kaczrowski and Robert Wierzel to the BLMC faculty,” says David Johnson, associate publisher and editorial director of Live Design, producers of the BLMC. “It is great to have new faces, in addition to the seasoned veterans of past classes who are always so generous with their time and knowledge, as they inspire professional colleagues and future generations of lighting designers.”
Registration is now open for the 2010 Live Design Master Classes, including the Broadway Sound Master Classes (BSMC) May 21-23, the Broadway Projection Master Classes (BPMC) May 24, and the Broadway Lighting Master Classes (BLMC) May 25-27. Register by April 15 and save on prices at professional, union/association, and student levels.
*Jules Fisher bio
Creative consultant for the BLMC since its debut 15 years ago, Jules Fisher has designed the lighting for more than 150 Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, as well as film, ballet, opera, television, and rock-and-roll concert tours. He has garnered eight Tony Awards, a record in this category, for Pippin (1972), Dancin’ (1978), Ulysses in Nighttown (1973), Grand Hotel (1990), The Will Rogers Follies (1991), Jelly’s Last Jam (1992), Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk (1996), and Assassins (2004), the latter five collaborations with his long-time partner Peggy Eisenhauer. Fisher began working with Eisenhauer 23 years ago on Bob Fosse’s Big Deal. Recently they worked on the lighting for the musical 9 to 5 and completed the relighting of Le Rêve at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Fisher’s extensive theatre credits include Caroline, Or Change, Jane Eyre, Ragtime, Gypsy, The Ritz, and Assassins. His credits as a producer include The Rink, the award-winning Lenny, Bob Fosse's Dancin', and Dangerous Games. Fisher and Eisenhauer’s theatrical lighting designs, in collaboration with cinematographer Dion Beebe, on the film Chicago were honored with a 2003 Academy Award nomination for Cinematography. Other recent performance lighting can be seen in the films Dreamgirls, The Producers, Stepford Wives, Marci "X," and School of Rock, and Fisher can be seen as himself lighting a show in Bob Fosse's All That Jazz. Fisher and Eisenhauer’s studio, Third Eye, conceives and designs lighting for all forms of entertainment.