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Richard Pilbrow

Richard Pilbrow

Richard Pilbrow, is one of the world's leading theatre design consultants, a stage lighting designer, an author, and has been a theatre, film and TV producer. He founded Theatre Projects in London in 1957 in Britain.

Theatre Projects has become the pre-eminent theatre consulting organization in the world, with over 1200 projects in 80 countries to its credit. Pilbrow was chosen by Laurence Olivier to be theatre consultant to the National Theatre of Great Britain. He was also consultant to the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican; The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and many other significant arts buildings in North America, Europe, China, and the Middle East. Theatre Projects has been responsible for a host of innovations in theatre technology, and has been a leader in the design of intimate, three-dimensional auditoria.

Mr. Pilbrow was a pioneer of modern stage lighting in Britain. He was the first British lighting designer to design the lighting for a Broadway musical, Zorba. On Broadway he has been lighting designer for numerous productions gaining Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and Tony Award nominations. 

As a theatrical producer, his partnership with Hal Prince included the West End production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Company, and A Little Night Music, as well as many other British productions. He was producer of the feature film of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, and the TV series All You Need is Love—the Story of Popular Music and, with the BBC, Swallows and Amazons Forever.

Published in 1970, his book, STAGE LIGHTING, foreword by Lord Olivier, became an international text also published in China. A second book, STAGE LIGHTING DESIGN, THE ART, THE CRAFT, THE LIFE, foreword by Hal Prince, was published in 1997. Mr. Pilbrow co-authored with Patricia MacKay THE WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL — THE BACKSTAGE STORY.  In 2011, Richard completed A THEATRE PROJECT - A BACKSTAGE ADVENTURE, about which UK theatre critic Michael Coveney wrote, “Huge and superbly illustrated. It is an absolute joy to read . . . a history of theatre from an entirely new and fresh perspective.”

In 2005 Richard was honored as Lighting Designer of the Year by Lighting Dimensions magazine. In December 2005 in the premier edition of LiveDesign he was named as one of the ten visionaries among designers and artists, who were the most influential people in the world of visual design for live events. In 2010 LiveDesign voted Richard “one of the 50 most powerful people in the entertainment technology industry.”

Richard was a Founder of the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD), and the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD). In 1982, Richard received an award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) for "his many years contribution to the art of lighting, as designer, entrepreneur and consultant in both England and America," and a Distinguished Life Time Achievement Award from the USITT in 1999. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute in 2001 for “His truly astounding contribution to the theatre and the work of the Institute.” In 2000 he received from the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) their annual Technician of the Year award. Richard was recipient of the prestigious 2008 Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2010 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. In 2011, Richard was honored with the 4th Knights of Illumination Lifetime Recognition Award. In 2012 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Central School of Drama in London.

Richard was born in London, England and now lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA

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