Natalie Robin is a NY and Philly-based lighting designer of theater, opera, dance, music and performance art. Natalie’s design work often focuses on new American plays, contemporary dance and site-specific work. 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: 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; Next Fall at Dallas Theater Center; Trade Practices with David Evans Morris and Kristin Marting on Governor's Island; the New England Premiere of In Darfur for WAM Theatre; and The Seagull on Ames Farm for Opera House Arts, Stonington, ME.
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 guest artist at Bard College, Muhlenberg College, Hofstra University, the University of New Haven and Williams College, as well as at the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. She has been a faculty member at NYU/Tisch, Brooklyn College, the University of New Haven, and, as a Visiting Lecturer in Theater, at Williams College. In 2016-2017, Natalie was 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 also 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, including seasons at both Opera House Arts (Stonington, ME) and the Sharon Playhouse (Sharon, CT).
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 both Live Design Magazine and Stage Directions. BA: Columbia. MFA: NYU/Tisch. Member USA 829.
In the upcoming season, Natalie will be designing Awake and Sing at Quintessence Theater Group, two Polyphone musicals for the University of the Arts and Dionysus was Such a Nice Man at the Wilma.
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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