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List of famous lighting designers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top lighting designers in the world? This includes the most prominent lighting designers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable lighting designers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic lighting designers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned lighting designers.

List people include Kenneth Posner, Hutch and many additional people as well. Featuring Broadway lighting designers and more, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known lighting designers to the lesser known lighting designers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the lighting designer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous lighting designers ever?" and "What are the names of famous lighting designers?" then you're in the right place.
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Dec. at 79 (1877-1956) from Edlington, Lincolnshire
Hubert Edward Hassard Short (15 October 1877 – 9 October 1956), usually known as Hassard Short, was an actor, stage director, set designer and lighting designer in musical theatre who directed ...more
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Kenneth Posner is an American lighting designer, working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in American regional theatre. His most notable designs include the musicals Wicked and Hairspray, two ...more
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Age 80 from Pasadena, California
Peter Huls Hunt (born December 19, 1938) is an American theatre, film, and television director and theatrical lighting designer.
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Dec. at 74 (1912-1986) from Centralia, Washington
Howard Bay (May 3, 1912– November 21, 1986, New York City) was an American scenic, lighting and costume designer for stage, opera and film. He won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design twice.
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Age 71 from Akron, Ohio
Esquire Jauchem is a producer, director, writer, and designer working in theater, opera, ballet, film, and video. In 1971 he founded The Boston Repertory Theater. In 1975, he adapted and ...more
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Dec. at 39 (1930-1969) from New Orleans, Louisiana
Will Steven Armstrong was a production designer.
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Patrick Hutchinson (born October 15), better known as Hutch, is a Canadian sound engineer and member of the band Queens of the Stone Age, specifically its live incarnation. Queens of the Stone ...more
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Age 45 from Lawrence, Massachusetts
Brian Sidney Bembridge (born 1973) is an American scenic, lighting, and costume designer for theater and film. His work has been seen on stages and screens throughout the country and ...more
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Richard Winkler is a lighting designer and film, television and theater producer.
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Age 81 from Columbus, Ohio
Jennifer Tipton (born September 11, 1937) is an American lighting designer. She has designed for dance, theater, and opera.
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David Lander is a lighting designer.
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Age 81 from Norristown, Pennsylvania
Jules Fisher (born November 12, 1937) is an American lighting designer and producer. He is credited with lighting designs for more than 300 productions over the course of his 50-year career in ...more
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Jean Rosenthal Dec. at 57 (1912-1969) from New York City, New York
Jean Rosenthal (born Eugenia Rosenthal; March 16, 1912 - May 1, 1969) is considered a pioneer in the field of theatrical lighting design. She was born in New York City to Romanian-Jewish ...more
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Age 62 from Long Island, New York
Brian MacDevitt is a lighting designer for theatrical productions. He has worked extensively on Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as touring, Regional theatre, and Industrial productions. A ...more
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Age 85 from Beckenham, United Kingdom
Richard Pilbrow (born 28 April 1933 in Beckenham, Kent, England) is a stage lighting designer, author, theatre design consultant, and theatrical producer, film producer and television producer. ...more
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Age 79 from Rochester, New York
David Hersey (born November 30, 1939) is a lighting designer who has designed the lighting for over 250 plays, musicals, operas, and ballets. His work has been seen in most corners of the globe ...more
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Howell Binkley is a professional lighting designer in New York City. He received the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design in a Musical for Jersey Boys in 2006, and again in 2016 for Hamilton.
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Dec. at 55 (1952-2007) from Manchester, United Kingdom
Chris Parry (Born 23 May 1952 in the United Kingdom – died 16 January 2007 in San Diego, California) was a theatrical lighting designer. He worked on several Broadway and West End productions ...more
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Age 56 from Hartford, Connecticut
Christopher Akerlind (born May 1, 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance. He won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design for Indecent He ...more
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Age 63 from Buffalo, New York
Peter Kaczorowski (born 1956) is an American theatrical lighting designer. Kaczorowski was born in Buffalo, New York. He is credited with lighting designs for Broadway and off-Broadway shows, as ...more
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Age 26 from Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
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Natasha Katz is a lighting designer for the theatre, dance, and opera.
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Hugh Vanstone is one of the UK’s foremost lighting designers. He has lit more than 160 productions, working in all spheres of live performance lighting, as well as exhibitions and architectural ...more
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Paule Constable
Paule Constable is a British lighting designer. She won the 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design. She was also a nominee for four further productions and ...more
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Age 66 from New York City, New York
Paul Gallo (born February 24, 1953) is an American theatrical lighting designer. In a career that spans over 4 decades, Gallo has designed over 52 Broadway productions, an achievement matched by ...more