SUNY Purchase Alum and Professor David Grill Receives Emmy Nomination

SUNY Purchase alum and Assistant Professor of Theatre Design/Stage Technology David Grill has been nominated for an Emmy award.

Professor Grill’s work as Lighting Director for the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show Starring Madonna was acknowledged in the category of “Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special” when the nominations were announced on July 19.

Held last February in Indianapolis, the mid-game extravaganza drew an estimated 114 million viewers—more than the game itself according to The Nielson Co.—making it the most-watched halftime show ever. It was the eighth time Grill served as lighting director.

He has designed lighting for theatre, dance, opera, television, architectural projects, and industrials and was nominated for a Chicago Midwest Emmy for Milwaukee Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet and a daytime Emmy for the Opening Ceremonies of the Pan American Games Rio in 2007. He received a primetime Emmy for the Opening Ceremony Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will broadcast live on September 23, 2012 on ABC.

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