Michael Giannitti has extensive professional experience as a lighting designer. He designed lighting for the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, as well as for the pre-Broadway resident theatre tour, which included Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, Huntington and Old Globe Theatres. Off Broadway, he designed lighting for the premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s play Downstairs, starring Tyne and Tim Daly. He has long standing associations with the Studio Theatre in Washington (over 40 productions) and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (over 30 productions), and multiple credits at Trinity Rep, Capital Rep, Portland Stage Company, Shakespeare & Company, Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Jomandi, Yale Rep and the Dorset Theatre Festival, where he was the Producing Director for six seasons. He’s also designed for Arkansas Rep, Mosaic Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Virginia Stage, Indiana Rep, George Street Playhouse, Olney and other theatres. New York dance lighting credits include Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce, The Kitchen, and P.S. 122, for Susan Rethorst, Cathy Weis, Everett Dance Theater, Nugent/Matteson, Marta Renzi and others. Additional regional venues include the Spoleto Festival, Walker Art Center, Hopkins Center, Flynn Theatre and Bates Dance Festival. Mr. Giannitti has been on the faculty at Bennington College since 1992 where he also is the production manager. As a Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient, he taught at the National University of Art, Theatre and Cinema in Bucharest, Romania, and at Toi Whakkari: The New Zealand Drama School; he has also been a guest lecturer at the Guangxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China. He received his M.F.A. from Yale University (School of Drama) and his B.A. from Bates College.

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