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Purchase Alumni and Faculty Win 2007 Tony Awards

Date Released: 6/11/2007

Purchase College alumni Brian MacDevitt and Kenneth Posner shared the 2007 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design for a Play for their work on The Coast of Utopia. MacDevitt lit Part 1 and Posner lit Part 2 of the trilogy.  MacDevitt is also on the faculty of the Design/Technology program in the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film, from which both men graduated.

The winners were announced at the 61st Tony Awards televised ceremony on June 10.

Former student David Gallo was also nominated for Best Scenic Design for a Play for his work on Radio Golf.

This is Posner’s first Tony Award. He has received Tony nominations for best lighting design for his work on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wicked, Hairspray and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Posner is the lighting designer for Legally Blonde, The Pirate Queen and the upcoming Broadway revival of Grease.

This is MacDevitt’s third Tony Award. He was a double-nominee this year, having been recognized with a second nomination for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Inherit the Wind. MacDevitt received the 2002 Tony for Best Lighting Design for Into the Woods and the 2005 Tony for Best Lighting Design of a Play for The Pillowman.  MacDevitt has been nominated for his work on The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, Henry IV and Nine.  He was also the lighting designer for The Vertical Hour, The Wedding Singer, A Raisin in the Sun, and Pacific Overtures, among others. 

Gallo received the 2006 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for his work on The Drowsy Chaperone. He was the set designer for Thoroughly Modern Millie, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, King Hedley II and Epic Proportions, among others.