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Brian MacDevitt

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Lecturer, Dance/Theatre Design and Production

(301) 405-3184

1927 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
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Lighting Design

Amongst the nearly 70 Broadways shows Brian designed are, this past season’s Blackbird directed by Joe Mantello, starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams. Other Broadway highlights include, A Fish In The Dark written by and starring Larry David, Death of a Salesman directed by Mike Nichols starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, For the MET Opera Brian designed Enchanted Island, Dr. Atomic et al. He also designed, Sucker Punch at the Studio in DC and The Maryland Opera Studio’s Miss Havisham’s Fire and Postcards from Morocco. He designed The Book of Mormon and received his fifth Tony Award for Best Lighting.

As a director, Brian directed last season’s Between Riverside and Crazy at Studio Theater in DC; he co-directed Spring Awakening The Musical with Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig at The Clarice for TDPS, and a production of Proof at Theater Three in New York.


B.F.A.,Theatre Design, Purchase College, 1980

Areas of Specialization/Interest:

Lighting Design, Directing

Professional Affiliations:

Lighting Designer, United Scenic Artists Local 829; Member, Naked Angels Theater Company, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Representative Productions:

Fences with Denzel Washington, Women on the Verge…. Armida at The MET, Nearly Ninety with Merce Cunningham, A Behanding in Spokane with Christopher Walken, Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury, You're Welcome America with Will Farrell, and Puncture by Nancy Bannon at the Chocolate Factory. Near Future: The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, House of Blue Leaves, with Ben Stiller and Edie FalcoOther Broadway credits include The Pillowman, The Coast of Utopia (Part 1 - Voyage), Love! Valour! Compassion!, Urinetown, The Invention of Love, True West, The Diary of Anne Frank, Present Laughter, Nine, Raisin In the Sun, The Color Purple,  Dance Companies: American Ballet Theatre, Tere O'Connor Dance, Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Doug Varone and Dancers, Boston Ballet and Nancy Bannon.

Honors and Awards:

Five-time recipient of the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design for Book of Mormon(2011), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (2009), The Coast of Utopia(2007), The Pillowman (2005), and Into the Woods (2002); OBIE, Bessie (with Tere O'Connor), Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics' Circle, Hewes, and Drama Desk Awards.