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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