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consultant , Lighting designer

Richard Nelson, American Lighting designer, consultant. Member United Scenic Artists. M C.


Nelson, Richard was born on December 7, 1938 in New York City. Son of Salvador and Boye (Goldfarb) Nelson.


Born in New York City, Nelson studied at the High School of the Performing Arts and began his career off-Broadway in 1955.


Lighting designer dance productions, Merce Cunningham Company, 1959-1962, 68-75;lighting designer dance productions, José Limon Company, Louis Falco Company, Jennifer Muller Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Company, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Laura Dean Dancers, 1968-1988;lighting designer plays, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1963-1966, 73-82;lighting designer, Theatre of Living Arts, Los Angeles, 1966-1967;lighting designer, Inner City Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, 1967-1969;lighting designer, National Actors Theatre, 1991-1994;president, Lucida Corporation, New York City, since 1987;associate professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1988-1991. Lighting designer Ronald Reagan Presidential Library., Simi, California, 1989-1991;producer, director Port Townsend (Washington) Festival Theatre, 1964-1965.


  • Nelson won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for Sunday in the Park with George and was nominated for both awards for Into the Woods.


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  • Other Work

    • Lighting designer (stage productions) All Over, 1971, The Magic Show, 1975-1980, Morning's At Seven, 1980, The Death of Von Richthofen, 1982, Serenading Louie, 1984, Tap Dance Kid, 1984, Sunday in the Park with George, 1984 (Tony award 1984, Drama Desk award, Maharam award), Into the Woods, 1988 (Tony nomination 1988), concert tours Laurie Anderson, 1991-1993, Steve Reich, 1993-1994.


Member United Scenic Artists. M C.


Married Wendy Lindgreen, August 9, 1959 (divorced January 1964). 1 child, Marc Scott; married Nina Sheffy, June 2, 1984 (divorced June 1990).

Salvador Nelson

Boye (Goldfarb) Nelson

Wendy Lindgreen

Nina Sheffy

Marc Scott Nelson