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David Finn

Lighting Designer
Lighting designer David Finn began his professional at the age of 16 working for the famed puppeteer Burr Tillstrom and his beloved characters Kukla & Ollie.  His Dance career includes resident designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1993-2000), works for the Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and with choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Liam Scarlett and Sasha Waltz. His Opera career includes works for The Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Salzburg Festival, Paris Opera, Bolshoi Opera, Royal Opera, La Scala Milan, Het Musiektheater (Amsterdam), New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera and Canadian Opera, where he designed the Ring Cycle in 2006. Film work includes lighting for Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. In architecture, David collaborated with architects Herzog & de Meuron on a case-study glass house in Napa Valley, California, he designed all site lighting for the 1988 World Expo in Brisbane, Australia and, most recently, is collaborating with The Hettema Group on relighting the Top of the Rock in New York as well as creating two large-scale lobby projects for the GALAXY casinos in Macau.  David has designed ZED (Tokyo), Michael Jackson ONE and R.U.N. (Las Vegas) for Cirque du Soleil.  Awards include the Yomiuri Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (The Hunting Gun, Tokyo), a Knight of Illumination Award (Royal Ballet, UK) and three Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Siegfried, Gotterdamerüng, Rusalka - Canadian Opera Company).

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, November 18

3:30pm PST