Just before we say good riddance to 2016, the podcast is back with one more episode with Lighting Designer and four-time Tony Nominee Japhy Weideman. Japhy is fresh off the hit show ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ and he tells us about the challenges and nuances of lighting a musical in a black void filled with projected imagery. Cory and Japhy also talk about his style and approach to lighting with examples from his work including ‘Bright Star’, ‘The Nance’, ‘Dead Poet’s Society’, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Visit.’ He talks about his love of strong single sources, why focus is an important time of discovery, and how he uses a American/European hybrid magic sheet. As if he weren’t busy enough, Japhy is about to tackle his biggest Broadway design yet with this Spring’s upcoming ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ and he let’s us in on how he is preparing for the show he describes as “essentially two giant musicals.” Enjoy!
Japhy Weideman’s designs have been seen on Broadway and at Lincoln Center Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Co, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Primary Stages, NY City Center, Juilliard Opera Center, Manhattan School of Music, Ma-Yi Theatre Co, and Soho Rep. Dance includes Chase Brock Experience and Tami Stronach.
Broadway credits include: Dear Evan Hansen, Bright Star, The Nance, Of Mice and Men, The Heidi Chronicles, Macbeth, Old Times, Sylvia, The Snow Geese, Cyrano de Bergerac, Airline Highway, The Visit and the upcoming productions of Significant Other and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His notable Off-Broadway credits include Dead Poets Society, 4000 Miles, Punk Rock, What’s It All About, Stunning, Jack Goes Boating, The Layover, Bootycandy, Sons of the Prophet and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Internationally, Japhy has designed on The West End-London, The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford upon Avon), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), The Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam), The Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland), Opera de Lyon (France), The National Theater of Greece (Athens), and The National Theatre of Korea (Seoul). He has also worked on productions in Tokyo (NHK and Bunka Kai Kan), New Israeli Opera (Tel Aviv), Theater an der Wien (Vienna), Theater del Liceu (Barcelona), Festspielhaus (Baden Baden), and Saito Kinen Festival (Matsumoto, Japan).
U.S Regional Theatre credits include American Conservatory Theatre-San Francisco, Alley Theatre-Houston, Arena Stage-DC, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Huntington Theatre-Boston, La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Kansas City Opera, Arkansas Rep, Minnesota Opera, The Old Globe-San Diego, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Rep, Santa Fe Opera, Signature Theatre, Westport Playhouse, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Japhy studied lighting design at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque under his mentor John Malolepsy.