Tony Winner Tim Lutkin Thinks of Lighting Design as a Supporting Role | Playbill

Video Tony Winner Tim Lutkin Thinks of Lighting Design as a Supporting Role

Lutkin won Best Lighting Design of a Play for his Broadway debut with Life of Pi.

At the Tony Awards, after the statues are given to the winners, they are taken to the media room, where they speak to journalists about their prizes. Playbill was able to have some one-on-one time with some of the 2023 Tony winners. We spoke with lighting designer Tim Lutkin following his win for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Life of Pi.

Watch the video above to see how Lutkin reacts to winning for his Broadway debut. When speaking about Life of Pi, Lutkin described how he thinks of lighting design as a supporting role: "The actual masterpiece, I would say if I can, is the challenge of blending actors versus video content. And my role is to support their performances and connect them with the audience."

WATCH: See How Design Brings Together Broadway's Life of Pi With Behind-The-Scenes Look

The British lighting designer has worked in London's West End for 18 years. While Life of Pi marks the first production he's worked on to transfer to Broadway, he's built a career for himself across the ocean that has won him two Oliviers for Chimerica and Life of Pi, and a third for Back to the Future: The Musical (which begins previews on Broadway June 30).

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