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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)
Hubert Edward Hassard Short, usually known as Hassard Short, was an actor, stage director, set designer and lighting designer in musical theatre who directed over 50 Broadway and West End shows ...more

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Kenneth Posner is an American theatrical lighting designer, working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in American regional theatre. His most notable designs include the musicals Wicked and ...more

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age 80
Peter Huls Hunt is an American theatre, film, and television director and theatrical lighting designer.

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Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)
Howard Bay 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
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)
Will Steven Armstrong was a production designer.

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Patrick Hutchinson, better known as Hutch, is a sound engineer and member of the band Queens of the Stone Age, specifically its live incarnation. Queens of the Stone Age band leader Joshua Homme ...more

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age 45
Brian Sidney Bembridge 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 Internationally in ...more

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Richard Winkler is a lighting designer and film, television and theater producer.

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age 81
Jennifer Tipton is a 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
Jules Fisher 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 Broadway and off-Broadway ...more

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Jean Rosenthal Dec. at 57 (1912-1969)
Jean Rosenthal is considered a pioneer in the field of theatrical lighting design. She was born in New York City to Romanian-Jewish immigrants. In the early part of the 20th century, the ...more

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age 62
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
Richard Pilbrow is an internationally renowned stage lighting designer, author, theatre design consultant, and theatrical producer, film producer and television producer. He was the first ...more

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age 79
David Hersey 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 and his many awards ...more

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Howell Binkley is a professional lighting designer in New York City. He received the 2006 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a musical for Jersey Boys. Binkley attended East Carolina ...more

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Dec. at 55 (1952-2007)
Chris Parry was a theatrical lighting designer. He worked on several Broadway and West End productions and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design three times, winning for The ...more

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age 56
Christopher Akerlind is an American lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance. He won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for ...more

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age 63
Peter Kaczorowski in Buffalo, New York is a theatrical lighting designer. He is credited with lighting designs for Broadway and off-Broadway shows, as well extensive work in opera. He has been ...more

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Natasha Katz is a lighting designer for the theatre, dance, and opera.

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Hugh Vanstone is a leading British lighting designer whose freelance career began in 1991. He won the 1999, 2001 and 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design and was nominated for a ...more

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Paule Constable
Paule Constable is a British lighting designer who won the 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Lighting Design. She was also a nominee for four further productions and for ...more

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age 66
Paul Gallo is an American theatrical lighting designer. In a career that spans over 3 decades, Gallo has designed over 50 Broadway productions, an achievement matched by only 6 other lighting ...more