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Robert A. Shakespeare

Robert A. Shakespeare

Professor - Lighting Design

B.A. with Honors, Brock University, Canada, 1973
Appointed to IU in 1985

shakespe@indiana.edu


Rob Shakespeare is a professional lighting designer specializing in theatre and dramatic architectural designs. He was Resident Lighting Designer at the Bristol Old Vic in England before moving to North America. With more than 200 theatre, opera, and dance lighting designs, his work has been seen on three continents in such theatres as the Theatre Royal (Bristol, England), St. Lawrence Center (Toronto, Canada), Lyric Theatre (Hong Kong), Randall Theatre (Utah Shakespeare Festival), and Indiana Repertory Theatre. His architectural credits include houses of worship, resorts, skyscrapers, some of the world’s largest bridges (Hong Kong), and recently, special focus on art museum lighting and lighting installations (Light Totem commissioned by the IU Art Museum). He has developed and incorporated computer visualization and collaboration tools in his design practice and has presented lectures, workshops and courses on his lighting design process in Asia, and throughout Europe and North America.

He is co-author of Rendering with Radiance: The Art and Science of Lighting Visualization, Morgan Kaufmann 1998, reprinted 2011 by Randolph Fritz. Residencies include Visiting Professor of Lighting Design at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Fulbright Professor at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, where he initiated his current research into techniques to seamlessly link lighting between virtual scenography and live performers, and the Finnish Theatre Academy. He organized the Virtual Scenography in Live Performance: An International Symposium (VSLP), assembling experts from around the world. He was resident at Laterna Magika in Prague, researching Joseph Svoboda’s final works. Current work includes the IU Principle Investigator for Designing Visually Accessible Spaces (DEVA, NIH R01 EY017835-01) and Lighting Consultant for a computer simulation, constructed by architects from Germany’s Darmstadt University, of 6th century Hagiasophia in Istanbul. He is Professor of Lighting Design, heads the Design and Technology area for the Department of Theatre and Drama, and leads the MFA Lighting Design program.