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.

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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SUNY Purchase Alum Fabrice Kenwood Earns Daytime Emmy

Fabrice Kenwood, SUNY Purchase Theatre Design/Technology ’87, received a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design in a Drama Series” for work on the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful, for which he is the art director.  He was joined on stage with Jack Forrestel (Production Designer), Elsa Zamparelli (Set Decorator), and Charlotte Garnell Scheide (Set Decorator).

The 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy® Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  These awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2011 calendar year.
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