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Winner USITT 2013 Golden Pen Award Second Edition - August 2015


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Lighting designer, theatre design consultant, ex-producer, and author

2022 marks Theatre Projects' 65th Anniversary. It was also the second year of Coronovirus, when theatre came to a halt.

2017 saw the National Theatre’s 40th Birthday in the Denys Lasdun building and lighting MY FAIR LADY at the Sydney Opera House, directed by Dame Julie Andrews.

2022 a new book: "A SENSE OF THEATRE — THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE" is to be published in 2022

Winner USITT 2013 Golden Pen Award Second Edition - August 2015


In 2010 Live Design voted Richard “one of the 50 most powerful people in the entertainment technology industry.”  Times have moved on . . . now I'm happily retired.

Winner of the 2008 Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award — Nominated for Drama Desk 2008 Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical for A TALE OF TWO CITIES.

Richard Pilbrow, Founder of Theatre Projects, is one of the world's leading theatre design consultants, a theatre, film and television producer, and an internationally known author and stage lighting designer. He founded Theatre Projects in London in 1957.

Under his leadership, Theatre Projects has become the pre-eminent theatre consulting organization in the world. The team of artistic, management, architectural, design and technical specialists combine to offer a unique service to those engaged in the planning and design of theatres, concert halls, and arts centers. Pilbrow was chosen by Laurence Olivier to be lighting director and later theatre consultant to the National Theatre of Great Britain.

In 2005 Richard was honored as Lighting Designer of the Year by Lighting Dimensions magazine. In December 2005 in the premier edition of LiveDesign he was named as one of the ten visionaries among designers and artists, who were “the most influential people in the world of visual design for live events.” Richard is the Winner of the 2008 Wally Russell Lifetime Achievement Award. Richard is a pioneer of modern stage lighting in Britain and his work has been seen in London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Moscow. He was the first British lighting designer to design the lighting for a Broadway musical Zorba.

On November 8, 2010 in a ceremony in Hong Kong, Richard was conferred with Honorary Fellowship of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, for his “outstanding achievements and distinguished services to the performing arts.”

In 2011, Richard was honored with the 4th Knights of Illumination Lifetime Recognition Award. In 2012 he was also awarded the Southeastern Theatre Conference 2012 Distinguished Career Award.

On December 10, 2012, Richard was conferred with Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Richard Pilbrow was born in London England and currently resides in Connecticut.


Richard Pilbrow

Backstage Heritage

Founders Award

Tony Walton

The Photon Connection

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Alan Russell