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designer , director

Neil Peter Jampolis, American designer, director. Recipient Tony award for lighting of Sherlock Holmes, 1975. Member United Scenic Artists American.


Jampolis, Neil Peter was born on March 14, 1943 in Brooklyn. Son of Samuel and Beatrice (Swenken) Jampolis.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Design, The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, 1965.


Jampolis has also worked as either a light designer, set designer, or stage director with Pilobolus Dance Theatre the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Pacific, the New York City Opera, Pasadena Playhouse, and Hollywood's Matrix Theatre among others. He is currently one of the main light designers for the Seattle Opera and a distinguished professor of theatre at UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television. He also occasionally works as a stage director and set designer for Seattle Opera as well.


  • He is best known for the light designing he did for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre’s 1975 production of Sherlock Holmes for which he won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. Jampolis went on to win an American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award in 1982 and three more Tony Award nominations for The Innocents, Black and Blue, and Orpheus Descending. He also won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for lighting Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner's Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.



Member United Scenic Artists American.


Married Maritza Jane Reisman, July 24, 1971.

Samuel Jampolis

Beatrice (Swenken) Jampolis

Maritza Jane Reisman