Natalie Robin is a Philadelphia-based lighting designer whose design work focuses on new American plays and musicals, contemporary dance and site-specific performance. She believes that design is dramaturgy and is interested in how the generative text for work can be found in movement as much as in language. Her work expresses emotional narratives through light as an ephemeral and time-based medium.
Recent notable designs include: Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man at the Wilma; Awake and Sing at Quintessence Theater Group; White at Danspace Project and The Monomyth at the Chocolate Factory, both choreographed by Michelle Boulé; The Bad and the Better, directed by Daniel Aukin; The undergird choreographed by Meg Foley; and The Seagull on Ames Farm for Opera House Arts, Stonington, ME. Her most recent collaboration with choreographer Meg Foley, FIXING, premiered at the site-specific performance festival FORMATIONS at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial where Natalie also spoke on a panel entitled “Pedagogy: Conversations about teaching of performance design: views, perspectives and evolutions.”
Natalie is the Head of Theater Design & Technology in the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has been a faculty member or guest artist at Bard College, Muhlenberg College, Hofstra University, the University of New Haven, NYU/Tisch, Brooklyn College, the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, as a Visiting Lecturer in Theater at Williams College, and as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Performance Design and Technology at Alfred University.
In addition to her design work, Natalie is the Associate Producer and a founding company member of Polybe + Seats and an Associate Artist of Target Margin Theater. She was the associate producer of American Realness, a festival of contemporary performance curated by Ben Pryor/tbspMGMT, from 2012-2015. Natalie also has extensive production management experience on dance and theater projects throughout the US and internationally.
Natalie was the winner of the Apollo Lighting 2011 Standing O Award, a Live Design Magazine 2008 Young Designer to Watch, and a Rolex Mentors and Protégés Arts Initiative 2014 nominee. Natalie is a contributing writer for Live Design. BA: Columbia. MFA: NYU/Tisch. Member: USA 829.
Additional Skills Include:
Lighting Supervision, Production Management, International and Domestic Touring, Vectorworks Drafting and Teaching, Lightwright, Photoshop, Mac/PC Computers, web design, technical writing, photography (film and digital), can read music, elementary French and German
Recent International Touring includes:
Gothenburg Danse and Theater Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden; TAP/Poitiers, Poitiers, France; Opera de Lille, Lille, France; Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany; The Next Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium; La Bâtie Festival, Geneva, Switzerland; Black Box Teater, Oslo, Norway; Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria; Latitudes Contemporaines, Lille, France; Pavilion Noir, Aix-en-Provence, France; Theatre Garonne, Toulouse, France; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Theatre Pole Sud, Strasbourg, France; Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland; Norwich/Norfolk Festival, Norwich, UK; Queer Up North, Manchester, UK