Three Purchase College Design/Tech Alum Receive Tony Award Nods

When nominees for the 2012 Tony Awards were announced, Purchase had much to celebrate. Three of the four recognized in the category of Best Lighting Design of a Play graduated from the Theatre Design/Technology program.

Jeff Croiter, a 1993 alum, was nominated for his work in Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by author Rick Elice, that answers the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up?  Croiter has his own lighting design company located in New York City and has been the lighting designer for numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions in recent years.

Brian MacDevitt, a 1980 alum, was nominated for his work in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the classic American story of Willy Loman, the 60-year old salesman struggling with family, work and self esteem. MacDevitt, who honed his lighting skills for a decade off- and on Broadway, is now an associate professor at the University of Maryland.  He has earned five Tony awards in recent years.

Kenneth Posner, a 1987 graduate, was nominated for his lighting designs in Other Desert Cities, a play by Robin Baitz, that probes the story of a once-promising novelist who announces to her family the imminent publication of a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history. Posner has provided lighting design for off- and on Broadway productions since graduating from Purchase College, and received a Tony Award in 2007 for The Coast of Utopia.

The Purchase College School of the Arts, which includes the Conservatories of Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts, as well as the School of Art + Design, provides world-class professional training for students of the arts. Through intense hands-on experience, synergistic inter-disciplinary collaboration, and rigorous training from some of the most highly regarded professionals in the industry, graduates of the School of the Arts routinely garner nationwide recognition for their artistic contributions.

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