TALENT: Lighting Designer

Solomon Weisbard is a Lighting Designer. Selected New York credits: Macbeth (directed by John Doyle at Classic Stage); Duat (Soho Rep); Men on Boats (World Premiere: Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb); This is the Color… (Door 10/Baryshnikov Arts Center); Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots (with Lileana Blain-Cruz at the Public/Under the Radar); America is Hard to See (LifeJacket/HERE); Rite of Spring (Martha Graham Dance Co.); The Soldier’s Tale (Carnegie Hall); 17 Minutes, Enemy of the People, The Pavilion, Expecting Isabel, Muswell Hill (Barrow Group); The Film Society (Keen / Theatre Row); I Came to Look for You on Tuesday (La Mama); White’s Lies (New World Stages).

I am a frequent collaborator with director Robert Wilson. Projects include Otello (Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Germany); Il Trovatore (Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Teatro Regio di Parma, Italy); and Oedipus (Ancient Theatre of Pompeii, Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, Teatro Mercadante di Napoli, Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus). Regionally: Arden, Berkshire Theatre Group, Magic, Merry-Go-Round, Portland Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Portland Stage, Quintessence, Tri-Cities Opera, Westport Country Playhouse, Yale Rep.

His work in dance, dance/theatre and avant-garde music includes original full-length pieces with Alethea Adsitt, Jennifer Archibald, Jonah Bokaer, Christine Bonansea, Joshua Beamish/MOVE, Maria Chavez, Ximena Garnica / Leimay, Lane Gifford, Invisible Anatomy, LoudHound Movement, Martha Graham Dance Company, Ofelia Loret de Mola, Patrick Lovejoy, Belinda McGuire, Stefanie Nelson, Patricia Noworol, The Nerve Tank (as resident designer), Jennifer Harrison Newman, Waxfactory, and four major works as associate set designer with Bill T. Jones. He has worked in various capacities on touring productions across the US, Canada, Italy, France, Slovenia, Taiwan, and the Dominican Republic.

He worked as the associate lighting designer on the Broadway production of Jitney and its national tour, which earned lighting designer Jane Cox a tony nomination. Other associate credits include two seasons at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy (with AJ Weissbard); the Holland Festival in Amsterdam (for Tyler Micoleau); and at Minnesota Opera (with Steve TenEyck) among many others.

As an educator and guest artist, he has taught at Bard, Barnard, Connecticut College, City College, Columbia, DeSales, East Stroudsburg, Fordham, NYU/Tisch, The New School, Princeton, University of the Arts, University of Rochester, Quinnipiac, Willamette, and Yale. He is currently Assistant Professor of Scenic/Lighting Design at Portland State University.

He earned his BFA with honors from Ithaca College and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.