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Thomas R. Skelton


Thomas Skelton, one of America’s most distinguished lighting designers, designed the lighting for many Broadway productions, including The King and I, Guys and Dolls, Coco, Gigi, Purlie, A Matter of Gravity, Death of a Salesman (both the Dustin Hoffman and George C. Scott revivals), Absurd Person Singular, Jimmy Shine, Caesar and Cleopatra, Mike Downstairs, Your Own Thing, Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, Shenandoah, Lena Horne, the Lady and Her Music, The Kingfisher, Westside Waltz, Oklahoma!, Peter Pan, Brigadoon, and The King and I. He also designed lighting for numerous productions at the Circle in the Square, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the American Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Skelton received Tony nominations for Indians and All God’s Chillun Got Wings.
For the ballet stage he illuminated Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, Robert Joffrey’s Astarte, Heinz Poll’s Scenes From Childhood, Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane, Paul Taylor’s Aureole, Martha Graham’s Rite of Spring, Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table, Gerald Arpino’s Kettantanz, Leonide Massine’s Parade, and numerous ballets for The Joffrey Ballet, the Boston Ballet, The Feld Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Nureyev and Friends, and the Ohio Ballet.
Mr. Skelton taught at the New York Studio and Forum of Stage Design and at Yale University. He served on the Board of DANCE/USA and was the Associate Director for the Ohio Ballet, which has its home in Akron, Ohio. He died in August, 1994, at age 66.