Peter Nigrini

Profile

Peter Nigrini (1971) is a renowned Canadian light projection designer and scenographer working in theatre, musicals, dance and opera. He studied at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) and Central St. Martins College of Art (London), but mainly developed his career as an influential light artist in New York’s theatres. He toured the United States with Notes From Underground (2009) – after Dostoyevsky, directed by Robert Woodruff, and a year later was in charge of the projections in pop icon Grace Jones’s The Hurricane Tour. His work on the production Here Lies Love (2013) with The Public Theater in New York won him the Drama Desk Prize for projection. His work in Grounded (2015), also with The Public Theater, also won a Lucille Lortel Award. Dutch theatre audiences may know him from his work on the swinging musical theatre production Fela!, about the life of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, which was part of the Holland Festival in 2011. That performance was directed by Bill T. Jones, this year’s Holland Festival associate artist. The two had worked together previously on Jones’s production Blind Date (2005). Besides Nigrini’s work as a light virtuoso, he worked for many years with the influential theatre company Nature Theater of Oklahoma, where he has been its (only) resident scenographer since 2006. He also teaches at New York University. Nigrini’s work was most recently in the Holland Festival in 2016, when he was head of projections and film images in the spectacular multimedia concert Real Enemies (2015), working with jazz composer Darcy James Argue and director Isaac Butler.