Beverly Emmons

Undergraduate Discipline


Graduate Program

MFA Dance Program

BA, Sarah Lawrence College. Designed lighting for Broadway, Off Broadway, regional theatre, dance, and opera in the United States and abroad. Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Jekyll & Hyde, The Heiress, Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, and The Elephant Man. Her lighting of Amadeus won a Tony award. Worked at the John F. Kennedy Center, the Guthrie, Arena Stage, and the Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis. Off Broadway, she lit Vagina Monologues; worked for Joseph Chaikin and Meredith Monk; and for Robert Wilson, Einstein on the Beach and The Civil Wars, Part V. Her designs for dance include works by Martha Graham, Trisha Brown, Alvin Ailey, and Merce Cunningham. Received seven Tony nominations, the 1976 Lumen award, 1984 and 1986 Bessies, a 1980 Obie for Distinguished Lighting, and several Maharam/American Theatre Wing design awards. SLC, 2011–

Previous Courses

Lighting Design and Stagecraft for Dance


This class is a prerequisite for Dance Making.

The art and practice of illuminating dance is the subject of this component. We will examine the theoretical and practical aspects of designing lights for dance. Emphasis will be on learning basic lighting skills and stagecraft. Students will create original lighting designs for dance program performances.