Richard Pilbrow

Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Theatre Projects Consultants, he is one of the world's leading theatre design consultants, a theatre, film and television producer, and an internationally known author and stage lighting designer. He was the lighting designer of the Hal Prince hit revival of "Show Boat" on Broadway (Drama Desk Award, Outer Circle Critics Award-lighting), in Toronto (Dora Award - Outstanding Lighting) and on tour throughout the US (NAACP Award for Lighting). His most recent Broadway productions were "Our Town" starring Paul Newman at the Booth Theatre, subsequently filmed for PBS and previously at the Westport Country Playhouse; the Cy Coleman musical "The Life", for which he received a Tony Award nomination, and the Roundabout Theatre production of Harold Pinter's "Ashes to Ashes". Other lighting includes "Where's Charley?" (2004), "Very Good Eddie" (2003) for Goodspeed Summer Musicals, Sir Peter Hall's 1999 Shakespeare Season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and "On Raftery's Hill" for the Druid Theatre Galway and the Royal Court Theatre London.

Under his leadership, Theatre Projects has become the pre-eminent theatre consulting organization in the world, with over 600 projects in 50 countries to its credit. The team of artistic, management, architectural, design and technical specialists combine to offer a unique service to those engaged in the planning and design of theatres, concert halls, and arts centers. Pilbrow was chosen by Laurence Olivier to be theatre consultant to the National Theatre of Great Britain. He was also consultant to the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre; The Royal Opera House Masterplan, Covent Garden; and many other significant arts buildings in the North America, Europe, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

Principal current and recent projects include:

Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center, Kansas City, MO
Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas, TX
Walt Disney Concert Hall (for the Los Angeles Philharmonic), Los Angeles, CA
Bard College Performing Arts Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Schuster Performing Arts Center, Dayton, OH
Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH
New Amsterdam Theatre Renovation, 42nd Street, New York City
Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA
Geary Theatre Renovation for ACT, San Francisco, CA
Ozawa Concert Hall, Tanglewood (for the Boston Symphony), Lenox, MA
Novo Teatro Opera House, São Paulo, Brazil
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA
San Jose Repertory Theatre, San Jose, CA
Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts, Alberta, Canada
Portland Center for the Performing Arts, OR
North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC
Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago, IL
Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL

Mr. Pilbrow is a pioneer of modern stage lighting in Britain and his work has been seen in London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Moscow. He was the first British lighting designer to design the lighting for a Broadway musical, "Zorba". On Broadway he was lighting designer for "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead", "The Rothchilds", and at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre, "Four Baboons Adoring The Sun" (1993 Tony Award nomination).

Published in 1970, his book, STAGE LIGHTING, with the forward by Lord Olivier, became a standard work in Great Britain and the United States. A new book, STAGE LIGHTING DESIGN, THE ART, THE CRAFT, THE LIFE, with forward by Hal Prince, was published in 1997 and revised in softcover in 2000. The book received a Theatre Crafts International "Lighting Product of the Year" Award for 1998.

As a theatrical producer, his long partnership with Hal Prince included being the West End producer of such great Broadway hits as: "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Cabaret", "Company", "and A Little Night Music", as well as many other British productions. He was producer of the feature film "Swallows and Amazons", and the TV series "All You Need is Love—the Story of Popular Music" and "Swallows and Amazons Forever".

In 1982, Mr. Pilbrow received an award from the United States Institute of Theatre Technology for "his many years contribution to the art of lighting, as designer, entrepreneur and consultant in both England and America," and an Outstanding Life Time Achievement Award from the USITT in 1999. In 2000 he also received from the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) their annual award for Technician of the Year.

He served as Director-at-Large on the USITT Board from 2000-2003 and again from 2003-2006, and was elected a Fellow of the Institute in 2001.

In 2005 he received the LDI Award Lighting Designer of the Year


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