#17 Joel Silver

Today’s guest is lighting designer and resident tall human Joel Silver! Joel and Cory chat about the designer/associate relationship and Joel shares stories from working on shows with Kevin Adams and Peter Kaczorowski. They also touch on Joel’s feelings regarding crew relationships, cueing under pressure, being social outside of the theatre and (gasp!) taking purposeful time off. Joel also has a great deal of experience in the industrial world and he tells us about navigating a focus on a convention center floor and getting a corporate logo color just right. Not blue…I said BLUE!

Joel Silver’s design credits include Blue Man Group in Berlin, Cecilia Bracamonte and Candela:Fuerza Y Pasion in Lima for Pura Vibra Productions, Educating Rita (Huntington Theatre Company), R.Evolucion Latina Choreographer’s Festival (R.Evolucion Latina), Tokio Confidential (Scandal Productions), Sweeney Todd (NYU Steinhardt School), A Hatful of Rain in New York and Warsaw, Poland for the Strasberg Institute, Search for Signs… (Northern Stage), Rigoletto, Tosca, and Aida (Opera Memphis), It Must Be Him (Peter J. Sharp Theatre), Camelot, Damn Yankees, Run For Your Wife, Little Shop of Horrors (Engeman Theatre), My Way, A Chorus Line, Ain’t Misbehavin, and The Producers (TBTS), Family Dinner (Beckett Theatre), Caucasian Chalk Circle (The New School), Damascus (Northern Stage), F#@king Up Everything (Off the Leash Productions), Zombie (Razor’s Edge Productions), The World Goes Round (Prince Music Theatre and The Gettysburg Festival), Art Tatum:Piano Starts Here (Apollo Theatre), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (WPPAC), Big Bang (Cleo Mack Dance Company), Homefront (La Mama, ETC), Behind the Limelight (NYSaF and NYMF), Different Drums National Tour (Trinity Irish Dance Company), Gripped and other works (Cleo Mack Dance Company), and Caligula:The Glam Rock Epic (NYMF). Joel’s industrial work includes projects for IMCD Lighting, JKLD, Calvin Klein, Connecticut College, Xplore Productions, HP and SAP Software.

Joel’s Associate Credits include Blue Man Group Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, Broadway’s Betrayal, Peter and the Starcatcher, Next to Normal (Bwy and Ntnl Tour), Hair (Bwy, London, Ntnl Tour), The 39 Steps (Broadway and National Tour), Young Frankenstein, Pal Joey (Roundabout), Curtains, Grey Gardens, and Kiki and Herb:Alive on Broadway. Off Broadway, Regional, and International productions on which Joel has collaborated with designers include Next To Normal (Second Stage\Arena Stage), the National Tour and London Production of Golda’s Balcony, Avenue Q in Las Vegas, Camelot for Live at Lincoln Center, as well as projects with Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Theatre Under The Stars, LAByrinth Theatre Company, The Public, and the Spoleto Festival USA.

Joel was born and raised in South Carolina and trained at North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Michigan.



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