Best Lighting Design
Christopher Akerlind, Seven Guitars
Mr. Akerlind lit the Broadway production of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Off-Broadway credits include New York Shakespeare Festival's productions of Silence, Cunning, Exile and Trolius and Cressida, Blown Sideways Through Life, Slavs! and Mad Forest. Regional work includes Ghosts at Hartford Stage, Randy Newman's Faust at La Jolla Playhouse and Waiting for Godot at Seattle Rep. Mr. Akerlind is the resident lighting designer at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Blake Burba, Rent
Mr. Burba was the lighting designer for New York Theatre Workshop's productions of Rent and Quills and the assistant lighting designer for Slavs! and Blown Sideways Through Life. He has been the assistant lighting designer at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and at the Glimmerglass Opera.
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauser, Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk
Mr. Fisher and Ms. Eisenhauer began working together ten years ago on Bob Fosse's Big Deal. Among the shows they have provided lighting designs for have been Song and Dance, Death and the Maiden, My Favorite Year, Hello Again and Angels in America. Mr. Fisher has designed the lighting for over 150 Broadway shows including six Tony Award winning designs for Pippin, Dancin', Ulysseys in Nighttown, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies and Jelly's Last Jam, the latter three collaborations with Ms. Eisenhauer. Recent joint designs include Victor/Victoria, A Christmas Carol, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 and The Whitney Houston Bodyguard Tour.
Nigel Levings, The King and I
Mr. Levings has designed lighting for The Sydney Theatre Company's productions of Coriolanus and Saint Joan; the Welsh National Opera production of Der Rosenkavalier and the Australian production of South Pacific. His work on television has won him an Emmy Award for the ABC production of "La Bohéme." He has worked recently with the Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the English National Opera and The Australian Opera Company.