From Elton John to Jessye Norman, from drama to musicals, weddings to memorials, concerts to restaurants, from London to New York to Sydney, Rob Halliday has been lighting artists and performances of all types, all over the world, for more than twenty-five years.
His recent work as a lighting designer includes collaborating with Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson and Jamie xx on the Manchester International Festival’s acclaimed, Olivier Award-nominated dance show Tree of Codes. The spectacular show Giudizio Universale continues two play in Rome. He lit the first three shows at Storyhouse, the new theatre in Chester, and Working and Sweet Smell of Success, the first two shows in the Academy’s brand-new theatre. He is currently in the middle of a series of smaller shows including Cry Baby for ArtsEd, Shrek for GSA, and then the UK premiere of Amour at the Charing Cross Theatre.
Rob counterbalances his own design work by working with other lighting designers, as lighting programmer, associate lighting designer or both. This privileged position has let him sit alongside great designers working on remarkable shows. Recent work includes the recent Tokyo production of the hit musical Billy Elliot, the new Japanese production of the musical Mata Hari, a project at the Wynn Macau Resort, Waitress in the West End, and the upcoming Man of La Mancha.
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Rob also shares his knowledge and experience with anyone interested - as a guest lecturer at drama schools, and as a speaker at conferences and trade shows where his talks strive to balance looking back at the history of entertainment technology, and looking forward to where that technology is heading next. He recently spoke at Showlight in Florence about Tree of Codes, and about Giudizio Universale at PLASA in London.
He also shares in print, as a regular contributor to publications including Lighting & Sound International, Lighting & Sound America, Live Design and the British theatre newspaper The Stage, to which he contributes a monthly column.
His knowledge of new technology and pioneering yet practical approach to using that technology has led Rob to be involved as lighting consultant to a number of new venues around the UK.
And somewhere alongside all of that, he finds time to hang out with his wife, Mary (when she’s not off doing shows herself), and children Emily, Ben and Leo.