Mark Stanley


MFA Programs Head, Design & Production and Associate Professor, Lighting Design


BA, College of William and Mary; MFA, University of Wisconsin/Madison.


BU Theatre


“Every theatre artist must express a personal commitment to undertake a journey beyond the boundaries of their own perception. In addition to fostering a passion for theatre and design it is my goal for lighting students that they will develop an understanding of the collaborative process, experience the world around them, discover an individual aesthetic, and communicate through design and visual symbols unique stories to an audience.”

Mark Stanley is Resident Lighting Designer for New York City Ballet, where he has designed over 200 premieres for their repertory, including works for Peter Martins, Susan Stroman, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Justin Peck, Benjamin Millepied, William Forsythe, Mauro Bigonzetti, Ulysses Dove, and others. In addition, he has designed for Kevin O’Day, Susan Marshall, David Gordon, Doug Varone, Tim Rushton, Nicolo Fonte, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Mauricio Wainrot, Lar Lubovitch, Laura Dean, and numerous ballet companies across Europe and the United States. Mark previously served as resident designer for the New York City Opera, lighting over 20 new productions for the resident and touring companies. He has designed plays for the Kennedy Center, Huntington Theatre Company, Long Wharf, The Ordway, The Goodspeed , and Off-Broadway companies. His designs have been seen nationally on PBS for Live From Lincoln Center and Great Performances. Mark is also on the board of directors of the Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Programs and is author of The Color of Light Workbook. Boston University appointment 2004.

To hear more about Mark’s teaching and design philosophy listen to this podcast, or view this video from the Live Design New York Master Classes for Lighting + Projection. To learn more about Mark’s professional work with the New York City Ballet, check out BU Today‘s feature story, “Light is to Dance as Water is to Fish,” and this article from Chauvet Professional.