Rob is a professional lighting designer specializing in theatre and dramatic architectural designs and is principle consultant for SLD LLC.
Rob draws from a dramatic and technologically innovative background to create exceptional lighting designs for environments of all kinds. His architectural credits include some of the world’s largest bridges in Hong Kong, skyscrapers in Atlanta and Hong Kong, as well as resorts and restaurants. He has designed lighting for corporate, hospitality, residential, and retail environments. Recent projects include redesigning the lighting for houses of worship, taking into consideration the different ritual uses of the spaces, physical accessibility, appropriate reading light levels and the impact of daylighting. He has consulted on theatre spaces, refining their lighting capabilities.
Recently he has focused on art museum lighting and lighting installations. Rob identified new LED lighting fixtures for the IU Art Museum which reveal the full range of colors in art without exposing them to damaging light levels. His installation Light Totem was commissioned by the IU Art Museum to mark the 25th anniversary of the I.M. Pei designed Museum. Originally designed as a temporary installation, Light Totem has become a permanent fixture on the IU Bloomington Campus. His upcoming project “Bringing the River to Light” is a night-time light display on the river in downtown South Bend, IN including interactive light sculptures to visually connect the two sides of the river. Each of these projects uses LED light sources, which have minimal impact on the environment and on electricity bills.
Rob is not only a designer – he is an innovator in his field. In the early 1980s, he saw the potential for computers to assist with lighting, and has been at the cutting edge of lighting technology since. He co-wrote the book on the software Radiance, a program to create physically-accurate graphics representing light. He is a researcher on an active NIH grant to develop tools for the architectural professions to design spaces that are accessible for people with low vision. He experiments with projections and interactive lighting designs in live productions and public spaces. He has developed and incorporated computer visualization and collaboration tools in his design practice and has presented lectures, workshops and courses on his lighting design process in Asia and throughout Europe and North America.
Rob began his professional theatre career in England, at the Bristol Old Vic and the New Theatre Cardiff. He has designed over 200 productions on three continents in theatres including the Theatre Royal (Bristol, England), St. Lawrence Center (Toronto, Canada), Lyric Theatre (Hong Kong), Randall Theatre (Utah Shakespeare Festival), and Indiana Repertory Theatre. At Indiana University he has served as the Professor of Lighting Design, as the head of Design and Technology for the Theatre Department, and as the chair for many university committees. He is a practiced collaborator and brings a wealth of experience to his projects.
Marie is a lighting designer for theatrical productions and architectural projects based in Bloomington, Indiana. She is the design director for SLD LLC, managing all projects.
Through Shakespeare Lighting Design LLC, she co-designs innovative lighting environments for theater, dance, galleries, residences, stores, restaurants and houses of worship. Recent local projects include redesigning St. Thomas Lutheran Church’s sanctuary with all LED luminaries, creating a brighter and more evocatively illuminated worship space that uses only 10% of the energy consumed by its old system.
Marie teaches lighting design courses in The Indiana University Interior Design Department and has also taught in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. Among more than 20 productions designed for The Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, IN, her lighting credits include “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”, “The Woman in Black”, “Dames at Sea”, “I’m Not Rappaport” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.”
Marie earned her undergraduate degree in theatre at California State University, Fresno and completed her MFA in lighting design at California State University, Fullerton. She has taught at Indiana University, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts.
Marie is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
Marie Shakespeare, Design Director
1806 East Thornton Drive
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
marie [at] shakespearelighting.com