Born in New York and trained at Purchase College, Brian MacDevitt’ Broadway credits include Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Into the Woods (for which he won a Tony Award for Best Lighting Design), Mornings at Seven, Urinetown, The Women, Major Barbara (starring Cherry Jones), Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, A Thousand Clowns (starring Tom Selleck), Invention of Love, Judgment at Nurenberg, True West, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (starring Patrick Stewart), Night Must Fall (starring Matthew Broderick), Wait Until Dark, The Diary of Anne Frank, Side Show, Neil Simon’s Proposals, Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Present Laughter (revival, starring Frank Langella), Sex and Longing, Summer and Smoke (revival) and What’s Wrong With This Picture?
MacDevitt’s credits also include productions for the New York Theatre Workshop, the Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Shakespeare in the Park, American Place Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Yale Repertory Theatre, among others.
In London, MacDevitt designed the lighting for Our Town (with Alan Alda) and Master Class
(with Patti LuPone); and the film The Cradle Will Rock (starring Vanessa Redgrave and Cherry Jones).
His work in the field of dance includes the lighting for works in the repertoires of such companies as Tere O’Connor Dance, Baryshnikov’s White Oak, Doug Varone Dance and Boston Ballet.
MacDevitt’s awards include the 1994 Obie for sustained excellence, Lucille Lortel Award
for outstanding achievement in lighting design, three Los Angeles Ovation Awards, a Bessie Award (with Tere O’Connor) and three Drama Desk Award nominations. He is a faculty member at New York University’s Tisch School and SUNY Purchase.
Artemis and HereAfter are MacDevitt’s third and fourth works for American Ballet Theatre since Meadow (1999) and “…smile with my heart” (2002).