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Lighting designer

Beverly Emmons, lighting designer. Recipient Lumen award, 1976, Obie award, distinguished lighting, Village Voice, 1980, Bessie award, 1984, 1986. Member of United Scenic Artists (executive board).


Emmons, Beverly was born on December 12, 1943. Daughter of Howard W. and Dorothy (Allen) Emmons.


Emmons graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1965 and then worked as an assistant to Jules Fisher.


Her first cr as a lighting designer was with the Off-play Sensations in 1970. Emmons first work was A Letter for Queen Victoria in 1975. She has been the lighting designer for many plays and musicals since then, most recently the revival of Annie Get Your Gun in 1999 and Stick Fly in 2011.

She has worked for ballet companies, including the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and also for choreographers such as Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones and Trisha Brown. Her work for opera includes the Robert Wilson and Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach in November 1976 at the Metropolitan Opera House, and the Robert Wilson opera The Civil Wars: A Tree Is Best Measured When It Is Down, performed in 1986 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She was on the graduate theater faculty of Columbia University, was the artistic director of the Lincoln Center Institute from 1997 to 2002, and is currently on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College.

2011 Stick Fly 1999 Annie Get Your Gun (revival) 1998 The Herbal Bed 1997 Jekyll & Hyde 1995 Chronicle of a Death Foretold (revival) 1993 Abe Lincoln in Illinois (revival) 1993 Shakespeare for My Father Associate Lighting Design 1992 The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club 1988 Michael Feinstein in Concert: Isn't it Romantic Associate Lighting Design 1987 Stepping Out 1986 Mummenschanz:"The New Show" 1983 Doonesbury 1983 Total Abandon 1983 All's Well that Ends Well 1982 Good 1982 Is there life after high school? 1982 Little Me (revival) 1981 The Dresser 1981 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Associate Lighting Design 1981 Piaf 1980 Amadeus Associate Lighting Design 1980 A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine 1980 Reggae 1980 Heartaches of a Pussycat 1975 Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell Revue 1975 A Letter for Queen Victoria Einstein on the Beach Merce Cunningham Executive Director of the Theatrical Lighting Database at the New York Public Library Executive Director of The Lighting Archive.


  • Tony Award for Best Lighting Design nominee\r\n1979 The Elephant Man\r\n1980 A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine\r\n1987 Les liaisons dangereuses\r\n1994 Passion\r\n1995 The Heiress\r\n1997 Jekyll and Hyde\r\nDrama Desk Award Outstanding Lighting Design nominee\r\n1979 The Elephant Man\r\n1982 The Dresser\r\n1994 Passion\r\n1995 The Heiress\r\n1996 Chronicle of a Death Foretold.


  • Other Work

    • Lighting designer (plays) A Letter for Queen Victoria, 1975, Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell Revue, 1975, The Elephant Man, 1979, Heartaches of a Pussycat, 1979, Reggae, 1980, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, 1980, Amadeus, 1980 (Tony award), Piaf, 1981, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, 1981, The Dresser, 1981, Little Me, 1982, Is there life after high school?, 1982, Good, 1982, All's Well That Ends Well, 1983, Total Abandon, 1983, Doonesbury, 1983, Mummenschanz: The New Show, 1986, Stepping Out, 1987, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 1987, Michael Feinstein in Concert, 1988, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1990, The High Rollers Social and Pleasure Club, 1992, Shakespeare for My Father, 1993, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, 1993, Passion, 1994, The Heiress, 1995, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 1995, Jekyll & Hyde, 1997, The Herbal Bed, 1998, Annie Get Your Gun, 2001, A Mother, A Daughter, and A Gun, 2005.


Member of United Scenic Artists (executive board).


Married Peter Gombosi, September 1, 1973 (divorced 1978). Married Peter Angelo Simon, October 17, 1980. 1 child, Annie Corinne.

Howard W. Emmons

Dorothy (Allen) Emmons

Peter Angelo Simon

Peter Gombosi

Annie Corinne Emmons