Welcome to Episode #62 with Lighting Designer David Weiner! David recently returned from 10 weeks in Disneyland lighting the all new theme park show ‘Frozen: Live at the Hyperion’ and he’s here to tell us all about it. He discusses the differences between a theme park show vs a traditional Broadway musical in terms of reproducibility, maintenance, gear choices, and design inspiration. Cory and David also deep dive into his many other projects including the challenges presented by revolving sets in ‘Misery’ and ‘Grace’, lighting ‘Godspell’ in the round, and his foray into architectural lighting design, including the Nature Research Center in Raleigh, NC. They also muse on many moments of the tech process including dry tech, working with programmers at different levels and reading the room. And hear about how the makers of Viagra benefited from David’s lighting brilliance!
David Weiner’s Broadway credits include Stephen King’s Misery, Romeo and Juliet, Dead Accounts, Grace, Godspell, The Normal Heart, Reasons to be Pretty, Butley, The Real Thing, Dinner at Eight, and Betrayal. Off-Broadway shows at Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theater, The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre for a New Audience, Vineyard Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company. Regional shows at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Alley Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, New York Stage & Film, Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Opera and Music credits include Pictures Reframed (Lincoln Center); Die Vogel, Der Zerbochene Krug, Der Zwerg (Los Angeles Opera); Tender Land, The Sorcerer (Bard Summerscape). Other credits include Frozen: Live at the Hyperion, and archictecural lighting for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Center, Chickasaw Cultural Center and the Pfizer Learning Center.
David’s accolades include 3 Lucille Lortel awards for Guards at the Taj, Through a Glass Darkly and Rodney’s Wife, an LA Ovation Award for Venice, a Drama Desk nomination for Small Fire, and American Theater Wing Hewes Design Award nominations for Reasons to be Pretty, This Beautiful City, Pumpgirl, The Overwhelming, and The Seven.