some words about me

Barbara Samuels (she/her) is a queer lighting  designer, organizer and producer   residing  on unceded  Wappinger and Munsee Lenape land. Barbara is invested in creating  design-forward live  events that prioritize  generosity, equity, representation, and  collaboration. Working nationally and internationally, Barbara collaboratively creates intimate and explosive lighting environments for new plays, opera and dance, aiming to unearth the human condition and consciousness of our surroundings.

Barbara received Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for her lighting of the immersive sci-fi folk concert, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future (Ars Nova)She has designed for several OBIE award winning plays including Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), Great Lakes… (New Georges/WP Theater) and Grimly Handsome (minor theater).

Barbara co-curates and co-moderates a dramaturgically-driven, majority designer, playreading discussion group. She served as the General Manager of OBIE Award-winning 13P from 2008-2012. In 2016, in addition to being a Target Margin Institute Fellow, The Interval named Barbara a Woman to Watch.

Barbara holds a B.A. from Fordham University and an M.F.A in Lighting Design from NYU.  Proud member of USA Local 829. New Georges Affiliated Artist.

some beloved instigators + collaborators

Arnulfo Maldonado

Asta Bennie Hostetter

Will Davis 

Jordan Fein

Shannon Gillen

Mikaal Sulaiman

Mimi Lien

Ann Marie Dorr

Kate McGee

Ryan Seelig

Jaynie Saunders Tiller

Kevin Adams

Maria Manuela Goyanes

Alejandro Fajardo

Julia Jarcho 

Melissa Kievman 

Jess McLeod 

Katie Pearl

Carolyn Mraz

Dan Scully

Ben Williams

Lee Sunday Evans 

Daniel Baker

Deb O

Andrew Butler

Grace McLean

Lisa Rothe

Dan Rothenberg 

Kedian Keohan

Dustin Wills

Tamilla Woodard

Regina Garcia

Melissa Ng

ML Geiger

Brian Mertes 

Oana Botez

Amith Chandrashaker

Caleb Hammons

Matt Otto


photo of Barbara by Tess Meyer

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