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Seth Reiser

Seth Reiser is a lighting and set designer working in theatre, opera, dance, and music.  Seth’s work has been seen throughout the United State and Internationally.

Seth’s interest in light comes from the extraordinary effect that light has on human events in the natural world, from romantic to sinister to mundane.  His work is characterized by an elemental approach to light through simplicity, constrained color palettes, and the use of space and scenery to create textures and focal interest.

Recent works in dance include: David Dorfman’s COME & BACK AGAIN; Yara Travieso’s El Ciclon.  Recent designs for opera and music include:  Bernstein’s Mass (LA Philharmonic, and at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Geffen Hall) directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer, The Indian Queen in Concert (MusicAeterna) directed by Robert Castro; St.Matthew Passion (Berlin Philharmonic) at the Park Avenue Armory directed by Peter Sellars; Des Canyon Aux Etoiles… (St. Louis Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony)directed by Deborah O’Grady. In theater, favorite designs include: Vietgone, directed by May Adrales; Hair, directed by Kevin Moriarty; King Lear, directed by Kevin Moriarty; The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, by Mike Daisey, directed by Jean Michele Gregory; Radio Play, directed by Kip Fagan; The Whale, directed by Hal Brooks; The Lily’s Revenge, by Taylor Mac. Regional credits include: Shakespeare Theatre DC, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Geva, Seattle Repertory, Denver Center, American Repertory, among others.

Seth holds an MFA in design from NYU’s Tisch School of Design for Stage and Film, and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University where he studied theatre, philosophy, and the fine arts.

Seth lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Mary, their beautiful children Marion and Wyatt.