Photo: Colin Scott

Photo: Colin Scott

ABOUT KEN:

Ken Wills is a freelance lighting designer and a associate/assistant lighting designer based in New York City. He works across the country and internationally in theatre, opera, dance, music, events/corporate work, Madison Avenue fashion windows, and in other live arts environments. Originally from the Washington, DC area, Ken holds a BFA in Lighting Design from North Carolina School of the Arts.

Member: United Scenic Artists 829

Selected Current Projects:

Lighting Design, The Pass, The Playground Theatre, London, UK. By: Denise Marsa

Lighting Design, Sehnsucht, Jack, Brookyln, NY. Director: Sarah Blush

Lighting Design, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Theatre Raleigh, Raleigh, NC. Director: Abbey O'Brien

Associate Lighting Design, Dear Evan Hansen, U.S. National Tour. LD: Japhy Weideman

Associate Lighting Design, Dear Evan Hansen, Toronto, Canada. LD: Japhy Weideman

Lighting Design, Ralph Lauren Windows, Madison Avenue, New York, NY.

Assistant Lighting Design, The Band's Visit, Broadway, New York, NY. LD: Tyler Micoleau

Associate Lighting Design, Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway, New York, NY. LD: Japhy Weideman

 

 

PRESS:

 

 "... while the lighting design by Ken Wills greatly enhances the overall fantasy feeling of the piece." 

- Judith Jarosz, NY Theatre Now, Review: Marvellous

 

 "The intricacy of Sondheim's score drips through and over the artifacts thanks to the mood setting lighting of Ken Wills." 

- David Siegel, ShowBizRadio Washington DC, Review: Marry Me a Little

 

 "...artful performances and ingenious design..." 

- Celia Wren, Washington Post, Review: A Man, His Wife, and His Hat

  

"Given the time- and place-jumping components of the story, Lighting Designer Ken Wills' choices are very effective in creating specific moods while ensuring the audience knows when and where we are in the story." 

- Kim Moeller, DCMetroTheatreArts, Review: A Man, His Wife, and His Hat

   

"Lighting (Ken Wills) was effective in portraying various locales on the fly." 

- Brian Bochicchio, MDTheatre, Review: A Man, His Wife, and His Hat

   

"...lighting designer Ken Wills leaves anundeniable mark of intention with a continuously engaged stage."

- Adam Burnett, nytheatre.com, Review: Victor Frange Presents Gas

 

"...and lighting effects (Kenneth Wills) make for stunning and intriguing spectacle."

- Ken Keuffel, Winston-Salem Journal, Review: The Merry Wives of Windsor

 

"Kenneth Wills' lighting design culminated in the dark, eerie forest with flowing fog rolling into the pit and flashes of light suggesting a storm. "

- William Thomas Walker, CVNC, Review: The Merry Wives of Windsor

 

"Valentina Felce's scene design and Kenneth Wills' lighting work effectively. The action jumps about smoothly among different settings."

- Ken Keuffel, Winston-Salem Journal, Review: A Soldier's Play

 

Awards, Honors, & Fellowships:

William R. Kenan Jr., John F. Kennedy Center Lighting Fellowship, 2012

Nominated: Best Lighting Design, Faith, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, 2012

USITT's Young Designer's Forum, Long Beach CA, 2012

Hemsley Lighting Portfolio Review, Lincoln Center NYC, 2012

National Design Portfolio Review, NYC, 2012