Robert Wierzel has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in theater, dance, contemporary music, museums, and opera on stages throughout the country and abroad. Productions with the opera companies of Paris-Garnier (Les indes galantes); Tokyo (Opera Chushingura); Toronto; Bergen, Norway; Folk Opera, Sweden; New York City Opera; Glimmerglass; Seattle; Boston Lyric; Minnesota; San Francisco; Houston; Washington; Virginia; Chicago Lyric; Opera Theatre of Chicago; Montreal; Vancouver; Florida Grand; Portland; Colorado; Pittsburgh; Wolf Trap; San Diego; and Gotham Chamber Opera (Tears Of The Night/ Voices Of The Forest), among others. His theater work has been seen on and off Broadway, including the musical Fela!, recently on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (Tony Award nomination) and at the Royal National Theatre of London, UK. Other productions include David Copperﬁeld’s Broadway debut Dreams and Nightmares; Grace Jones’ Hurricane Show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City; Savoy Theatre in London, (Enigmatic Variations); productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre (Othello); The Signature Theatre (Two Trains Running, Hot ‘N Throbbing); The Roundabout (The Deep Blue Sea); Playwrights Horizons (Jack’s Holiday, Moe’s Lucky Seven); Mostly Mozart Festival (Il re pastore); BAM (La traviata, Arjuna’s Dilemma, Il matrimonio segreto); The Acting Company (Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Fire), and the Lincoln Center Festival/American Songbook Series (Orpheus and Euridice – choreographed by Doug Varone), among others.
Robert has a long collaboration (26 years) with choreographer and director Bill T. Jones and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (several Bessie Awards, along with productions at the Lyon Opera Ballet and Berlin Opera Ballet); and Walking The Line (with Bill T. Jones) at the Louvre, Paris. Robert has collaborated with the composer Philip Glass (Hydrogen Jukebox, Les enfants térribles – which won him an American Theatre Wing Lighting Design Award), and the visual artists Peter McGough, Paul Kaiser, Lesley Dill, Robert Longo, Bill Katz, Red Grooms, and Gretchen Bender, among others.
His extensive regional theater work includes productions at A.C.T. San Francisco; Berkley Rep; Calgary Theatre Company and Vancouver Playhouse, Canada; Center Stage-Baltimore; Arena Stage; Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Shakespeare Theatre DC; Hartford Stage; Long Wharf Theatre; Westport Country Playhouse; Goodman Theatre; Guthrie Theater; Mark Taper Forum; Geva Theatre; Actors Theatre/Louisville; Old Globe/San Diego; Laguna Playhouse; Yale Rep and Playmakers Repertory Theatre, and Chapel Hill, among many others. In addition, he has designed the lighting for selected art exhibitions including the Red Grooms installation at Grand Central Station; at the Yale Art Gallery – Baule: African Art, Western Eyes, and Love and Loss: American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures; To Know the Dark; Making It New – The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy, and The American Century: Art and Culture 1900–1950, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Robert is currently a faculty member of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts – Department of Design for Stage and Film in New York City.