Jules Fisher Biography

Date of Birth: November 12, 1937 (78)
Birth Place: Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
Gender: Male

In a celebrated career spanning almost 40 years, Jules Fisher has lit over 200 Broadway and off-Broadway shows, as well as film, ballet, opera, television, and rock-and-roll concert tours. He has received 18 Tony nominations and won 8 Tony awards for Lighting Design, a record in this category. His most recent project, "Assassins", (2004 Tony award) also won him the Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle awards. His previous Tony awards were for "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk," 1996; "Jelly's Last Jam," 1992; "The Will Rogers Follies," 1991; "Grand Hotel," 1990; "Dancin'," 1978; "Ulysses in Nighttown," 1973; and "Pippin," 1972.

His other theatre credits include "Ricky Jay on the Stem", "Elaine Stritch at Liberty", "Jane Eyre," "The Wild Party," "Marie Christine," "Ragtime," "Victor/Victoria," "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches," and "Perestroika," "Death and the Maiden," "Two Shakespearean Actors," "La Cage Aux Folles," "Hair," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Lenny," "No, No Nannette," "Chicago," "Butterflies are Free," "Beatlemania," and "American Buffalo."

His credits as a producer include "The Rink," the award-winning "Lenny," "Bob Fosse's Dancin'," "Rock N' Roll! The First 5,000 Years," "Elvis: An American Musical," and "Dangerous Games." He designed the lighting for Kevin Kline's production of "Hamlet" for WNET-TV, and lit productions of "Porgy and Bess" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the New York City Opera.

Mr. Fisher was production supervisor for tours of the Rolling Stones, KISS, David Bowie, as well as the rock concert tour of "Tommy." His other lighting design work has ranged from Crosby Stills and Nash, Whitney Houston, and the Simon and Garfunkel concert in Central Park to the Radio City Music Hall presentation of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; from the 1977 Academy Awards show to the concert lighting for Barbra Streisand's film "A Star is Born."

He lit the Quincy Jones "Reunion on the Mall" concert for President Clinton's inaugural, which was nominated for an Emmy Award, as well as "America's Millennium Live All-Star Concert New Year's Eve 2000." He designed the lighting for the theatre sequences in the Academy Award-winning film version of the Broadway musical "Chicago" and is currently represented on Broadway by Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins" and Tony Kushner's "Caroline or Change."

Mr. Fisher is a graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology. He and lighting designer Peggy Eisenhauer are partners in Third Eye Ltd, a firm specializing in entertainment and theatre lighting. He also serves as a theatre consultant to architects and performing arts groups, teaches at The New School, lectures, and, in his spare time, practices magic.


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