Barbara Samuels is a New York based lighting designer for new performance. Select Off-Broadway designs include InThe Green (Lincoln Center Theater), HurricaneDiane (NYTW/WPTheater), RagsParkland Sings the Songs of The Future (ArsNova, Lortel and Drama Desk Noms.), DanceNation (PlaywrightsHorizons, Hewes Nom.), TheThings That Were There and Singlet(TheBushwick Starr), Acquanetta(Prototype/BMP,Bard Summerscape), TheRape of The Sabine Women(Playwrights Realm), OrangeJulius (Rattlestick/P73,Hewes Nom.), Caught(PlayCo), …GreatLakes (NewGeorges/WP Theater), and Julia Jarcho’s OBIE Award-winning Grimly Handsome

Select designs have been seen regionally at American Conservatory Theater, Shakespeare Theater Company, The Alley, Kansas City Rep,  Playmakers Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Trinity Rep, Curtis Opera Theater and Pig Iron Theater Company.

Barbara has ongoing collaborations with Will Davis, Lee Sunday Evans, Jordan Fein, Shannon Gillen, Julia Jarcho, Melissa Kievman, Portia Krieger, Brian Mertes, Katie Pearl, Lisa Rothe, Dustin Wills, and Tamilla Woodard amongst others. She has toured nationally and internationally with Vim VigorDance. 

Barbara served as the General Manager of OBIE Award-winning 13P and is the Producing Director for MorganGould & Friends. In 2016 TheInterval named Barbara a Woman toWatch and she was a Target Margin Institute Fellow.

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


photo of Barbara by Tess Meyer

Using Format