As a lighting designer, Mr. Wierzel has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theatre, dance, new music, museums and opera on stages throughout the country and abroad. Productions with opera companies of Paris (Garnier); Tokyo; Toronto; Glimmerglass; New York City Opera; Seattle; Boston; San Diego; San Francisco; Houston; Washington; Virginia; Chicago (including Lyric Opera and Chicago Opera Theatre); Montreal; Vancouver; Minnesota; Florida Grand; Portland; Wolf Trap; Omaha; among others. Numerous collaborations (22 years) with choreographer Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (several Bessie Awards, along with productions at the Lyon Opera Ballet and Berlin Opera Ballet); and Walking The Line (w/Bill T. Jones) at The Lourve Museum, Paris. Robert has collaborated with the composer Philip Glass (American Theatre Wing Lighting Design Award), and the visual artists Peter McGough, Paul Kaiser, Lesley Dill, Robert Longo, Bill Katz, Red Grooms and Gretchen Bender, among others. His extensive regional theatre work includes productions at Center Stage-Baltimore; Arena Stage; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Shakespeare Theatre DC; A.C.T. San Francisco; Milwaukee Rep; Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre; Goodman Theatre; The Guthrie; Mark Taper Forum; Geva Theatre; Actors Theatre/Louisville; Old Globe/San Diego; Laguna Playhouse; Yale Rep and the Berkley Rep, among many others. Dance collaborations with choreographers Larry Goldhuber and Heidi Latsky, (Worse Case Scenario-Bessie Award); Sean Curran; Molissa Fenely; Doug Varone (Orpheus and Euridice-Obie Award-Special Citation); Donna Uchizono; Alonzo King; Charlie Moulton; Arthur Aviles; Margo Sappington; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Trisha Brown Dance Company. In New York, his work has been seen on and off Broadway including productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre; The Signature Theatre; MCC; The Roundabout Theatre; Playwrights Horizons; Mostly Mozart Festival; BAM; the Joyce Theatre; the Lincoln Center Festival; Gotham Chamber Opera and David Copperfield’s Dreams and Nightmares on Broadway. The recipient of an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, Mr. Wierzel serves as a faculty member of the Design Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Bio as of April, 2008.