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Spotlight’s on David Grill ’86 For a Change

Westchester Magazine recently profiled David Grill, associate professor of theatre design/technology.

Grill is an Emmy-award winning lighting designer who earned his most recent Emmy win from his work lighting the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Lady Gaga. 

“Indeed, he won his first major client, The Dance Theater of Harlem, when the company came through the theater complex at SUNY Purchase. ‘I was really interested in lighting for dance,’ he says. ‘I think you have a larger voice in terms of lighting in dance—it’s just the dancers and the lighting a lot of the time, and not a lot of scenery, necessarily. It opens you up to a much more interesting collaboration.’”

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