The S&R Washington Award Past Winners

S&R Foundation Award Winner

Laura Eckelman, Lighting Designer

Photo: Ann Elkington 2012, used with permission

Laura J. Eckelman is a theatrical lighting designer whose projects range from classical drama to contemporary performance art. A magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College, she garnered national attention from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her thesis project, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. As an undergraduate, she also studied at Royal Holloway University of London and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Upon graduation, Laura moved to New York City, where she worked for three years as a technician, designer, and assistant before returning to school. She now holds an M.F.A from Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Jennifer Tipton, Wendall Harrington, Jane Greenwood, and Ming Cho Lee.

Laura’s work consistently demonstrates an attraction to nuance, elegance, and careful composition. She often employs a tightly constrained palette, paring down the audience’s visual experience so that each subtle shift of color, angle, and intensity has a profound impact. This individual aesthetic is balanced by a commitment to collaboration and an earnest desire to serve the play rather than attract attention to its design. Her work has been seen at theatres across the country, including the Potomac Theatre Project, Perseverance Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre.

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