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Dennis Parichy

Assistant Professor Emeritus, Theatre Design/Technology

“My goal as a designer is to help tell the story of each production as effectively as possible by helping to create the visual environment and context within which the story takes place.”

Dennis Parichy has designed the lighting for more than 15 Broadway productions and for hundreds of Off Broadway and regional productions since 1964. Parichy was a Tony Award nominee for Fifth of July, Redwood Curtain, and Talley’s Folly, for which he won the Drama Desk Award for outstanding lighting design. In 1981, he received the Obie Award for sustained excellence in lighting design.

A member of the theatre design/technology program at Purchase College since 1998, Parichy has also taught at Barnard College and Brandeis University. He trained at Northwestern University with Theodore Fuchs and, from 1965 to 1972, studied with professional designers at the Lester Polakov Studio and Forum of Stage Design.

Selected Broadway Productions

Talley’s Folly, Fifth of July, Crimes of the Heart, Burn This, As Is, The Water Engine, Bus Stop, Coastal Disturbances, and Redwood Curtain

Selected Off and Off-Off Broadway

Resident lighting designer for Circle Repertory Company, where he designed more than 50 productions. More than 30 productions for the Manhattan Theatre Club. eight productions for Roundabout Theatre. Designs for Second Stage, the Signature Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, and New York Theatre Co. Other off-Broadway productions: The Sum of Us, The Road to Mecca, Love Letters, Shayna Maide, Penn & Teller, My Children, My Africa, and The Cryptogram. 

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