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
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
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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Purchase College Design/Tech Faculty, Students, and Alumni Behind the Scenes at Clinton Global Initiative

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The Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) annual meeting is being held this week in New York City, and behind the scenes, a team of top designers, stage managers, and technicians, many of whom hail from the Purchase College Design/Technology Program in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, will ensure the stage management, lighting, and scenery befit an occasion of this prestige.

“This is one of the most important meetings in the world geared toward philanthropic endeavors. It is vitally important to make sure the event’s environment conveys the message of the organization’s mission and allows participants—some of the most notable anywhere—to be as effective as possible,” says Dan Hanessian, associate professor of Theatre Design/Technology and a scenic design technical liaison for the CGI event.

Among the top experts from Purchase College helping manage the event are Dave Grill ’86, who is the Lighting Designer and Creative Director; Patrick Fahey ’91, who is the Scenic Designer; and Jeffrey Markowitz ’84, who is the Production Stage Manager.

“It’s an honor to lead the Stage Management team of 25 professionals for the ninth year on this unique occasion,” said Markowitz. “We bring together an exceptional group to do our best to shepherd an exceptional event with the highest-profile participants and attendees with courtesy, punctuality, and technical excellence through an arduous climate of security, expectations, and endless changes, all leading to a successful conclusion. Those of us fortunate to have years at SUNY Purchase in the Design/Technology program in our background are well prepared from the outset of our careers to develop the energy, diplomacy, technical skills, and care to play our part.”

Grill added, “It’s great to be able to work on a project like this with so many former and current students from the Design/Technology Program. It reminds me just how lucky we are to have such a successful program and so many talented folks who have gone through it.

In addition to Grill, Fahey, Markowitz and Hanessian, 19 more from Purchase College are involved in the CGI event, including: Associate Scenic Designers Corey Atwood ’05, Jennifer Colombo ’05, Robert John Andrusko ’90, Veronica Kimmel ’08, Danielle Shultz ’13, and Chris Thompson ’10; Stage Manager Meghan VonVett ’07; Assistant Stage Manager Jason Quinn ’01; Production Crew members Niklas Anderson ’02 and Steven Loehle ’85; Stage Management student interns Peter Chang ’14 and Natalie Price ’14; Lighting Director Jay Woods ’01; and Lighting Design student interns Nathan Avakian ’14, Catherine Clark ’14, Kelley Finn ’14, Rebekah Gould ’14, Dana Ioppolo ’14, Laura Panno ’14, Christina Robinson ’14 and Emily Rodriguez ’14.

The Clinton Global Initiative meeting convenes more than 1,000 CGI members and leaders from business, government, the nonprofit sector, and philanthropy to create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

The event features such notable figures as President Barack Obama; philanthropist and singer Bono; former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair; former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates; Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; and countless others along with hosts Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, front and center.

Photo: From the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting / Copyright: All rights reserved by Clinton Global Initiative.

The Purchase College Theatre Design/Technology BFA Program (Conservatory of Theatre Arts,School of the Arts) is a professional training program that places major emphasis on studio/classroom training under the guidance of established working professionals. Students learn every aspect of theatre design and technology.

 

Congratulations to Purchase College Alum and Professor David Grill ’86 on His Second Emmy Win

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Congratulations to alum David Grill, professor and coordinator of the Purchase College theater design/technology program, for winning his second Emmy award.

His work on the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyoncé earned him the top spot in the category Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special.

Earlier this summer, he reached a new level in his already storied career when he received two Emmy nominations in the same category. He had also been nominated this year for his work as lighting director on PBS’ Great Performances presentation Andrea Bocelli: Love In Portofino. He was previously nominated in 2008 and 2012, and won an Emmy for Outstanding Lighting Direction in 2002 for his work on the XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.

“This is another terrific honor for Dave,” said Greg Taylor, Director of Purchase College‘s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. “Dave’s continuing accomplishments make us all proud and Purchase students are incredibly fortunate to learn from one of the top professionals in the lighting design and direction field.”

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.

Purchase College Professor and Alum David Grill ’86 Earns Two Emmy Nominations

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        Purchase College professor and alum David Grill ’86, co-coordinator of the theater design/technology program, just reached a new level in his already storied career. On July 18, he received two Emmy nominations in the same category.
        Nominated twice in the category Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special for his work as lighting director on the PBS’ Great Performances presentation Andrea Bocelli: Love In Portofino and for the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show featuring Beyoncé, this is Grill’s first double-award nomination ever. (He was previously nominated in 2008 and 2012, and won an Emmy for Outstanding Lighting Direction in 2002 for his work on the XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.)
       Whether lighting the renowned tenor in a town square in the famed Italian fishing village or the pop icon on stage with a combined live and television audience in the millions, Grill brings the same desire for excellence to every project. His goal is always the same: to bring the experience home to the television viewers. “No matter what you do you are constantly asking yourself what can be done better, more interestingly, and all within a finite amount of time,” he says.
         “Dave’s continuing accomplishments as a top-flight lighting designer make us all incredibly proud and validates what we already know—that he’s a consummate professional and a leader in his field,” says Greg Taylor, Director of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts. “Purchase College students are so fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from him.”
        Grill earned his BFA in theatre design at Purchase College in 1986. He’s taught at Purchase since 1998, and currently also serves as co-coordinator of the design/technology program.
        Grill is joined by Purchase College alum Edie Falco ’86, who received a 2013 Emmy nomination in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, and former student Melissa Leo, nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Photo by Chad Kraus

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Purchase College Prof. David Grill ’86 Played Role in Michelle Obama’s Oscar Appearance

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Purchase College alum David Grill ’86, who is also assistant professor of theater design/technology, recently served as lighting director for Michelle Obama’s Best Picture award sequence during the Academy Awards. This presentation was the climatic moment of the Oscars—and represents an apex of achievement in the field of lighting design.

The invitation to Washington to light the First Lady was “top secret,” according to Grill, since her presentation was an Oscar-first and a dramatic surprise to the worldwide audience. Grill designed the lighting for the remote presentation in the Diplomatic Reception Room of The White House. “The First Lady and her staff were wonderful to work with and it was tremendous honor to be part of history in such a historic venue,” says Grill.

Grill is an Emmy Award-winner with 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, including this year’s Beyoncé performance, as well as the Pan American Games and the Olympic Winter Games.

“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 global validation of his talent.”

Grill earned his BFA in theatre design here in 1986. “My education at Purchase College has given me a career I truly love,” he reflects. “It is a tribute to Purchase College that they afford me the opportunity, as a working professional, to bring my knowledge back and impart it to the next generation of students who share my passion for lighting design and the arts.”

He has taught at Purchase College since 1998 and is the co-coordinator of the design/technology program.

Photo: Purchase College Professor David Grill was honored by serving as the lighting director for First Lady Michelle Obama, as she presented the Academy Award for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Photo provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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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