Barbara Samuels is a New York based lighting designer for newperformance. Select Off-Broadway designs include Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), Singlet (The Bushwick Starr), AgainstThe Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theater), Acquanetta(Beth Morrison Projects), The Rape of TheSabine Women (Playwrights Realm), Esai’sTable (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), OrangeJulius (Rattlestick/P73, Henry Hewes Design Nom.), and Kate Benson’s OBIEAward-winning A Beautiful Day in Novemberon the Greatest of the Great Lakes (New Georges/ WP Theater. Other New YorkProjects include Don’t Look Back (DanielFish/PS122 COIL/Chocolate Factory), Caught(The Play Company, Drama League Nominee), O,Earth (The Foundry Theatre, Henry Hewes Design Nom.), A Ride on the Irish Cream (Erin Markey/Jordan Fein), and JuliaJarcho’s OBIE Award-winning Grimly Handsome

    Select Regional designs include Run From Me(LA Dance Project), Sooner/Later (CincinnatiPlayhouse), A Quiet Place (CurtisOpera Theater), The Rape of Lucretia(Curtis Opera Theater), and Arnie, Louisand Bob (Trinity Repertory Theater). Barbara has ongoing collaborationswith Lee Sunday Evans, Jordan Fein, Shannon Gillen, Julia Jarcho, MelissaKievman, Portia Krieger, Brian Mertes, Katie Pearl, and Dustin Wills amongstothers. She has toured nationally and internationally with Vim VigorDance. 

     Upcoming projects include Rags Parkland Sings The Songs of the Future (Ars Nova) and The Things That Were There (The Bushwick Starr). 

       Barbara served as the GeneralManager 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 anM.F.A in Lighting Design from NYU.  Proud member of USA Local 829.

photo of Barbara by Tess Meyer

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