Purchase College Alums David Grill ’86 and Edie Falco ’86 Earn Emmy Nominations

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Two Purchase College alumni were among the Emmy nominees announced yesterday.

David Grill ’86, assistant professor of theater design/technology, earned a nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special for his work on the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Starring Bruno Mars.

Grill has won two Emmy Awards in his career and has extensive experience in lighting design and direction for international events, dance, architecture, television, and corporate theater. His credits encompass multiple Super Bowl half-time shows as well as the Pan American Games and the Olympic Winter Games.

In 2013, he served as lighting director for Michelle Obama’s Best Picture award sequence during the Academy Awards. The presentation was the climatic moment of the Oscars—and represented an apex of achievement in the field of lighting design.

“Dave exemplifies what distinguishes Purchase College: our faculty of top-tier working professionals who bring their firsthand knowledge and unsurpassed expertise to our students,” says Greg Taylor, Director of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts. “We are proud that Dave has received this validation of his talent.”

Grill earned his BFA in theatre design at Purchase College in 1986. He has taught at the college since 1998 and is coordinator of its Design/Technology BFA and MFA programs.


Edie Falco, ’86 earned her fifth Emmy nomination in the category Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Jackie Peyton in Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.

Falco has earned 12 Emmy nominations in her career and has won four times.

Winners will be announced Monday, August 25 on NBC.

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