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Barbara Samuels

Barbara Samuels is a New York based lighting designer for new performance. Select Off-Broadway designs include Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), Rags Parkland Sings… (Ars Nova), Singlet (The Bushwick Starr), Against The Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theater), Acquanetta (Beth Morrison Projects), The Rape of The Sabine Women (Playwrights Realm), Esai’s Table (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Orange Julius (Rattlestick/P73, Henry Hewes Design Nom.), and Kate Benson’s OBIE Award-winning A Beautiful Day in November on the Greatest of the Great Lakes (New Georges/ WP Theater. Other New York Projects include Don’t Look Back (Daniel Fish/PS122 COIL/Chocolate Factory), Caught (The Play Company, Drama League Nominee), O, Earth (The Foundry Theatre, Henry Hewes Design Nom.), A Ride on the Irish Cream (Erin Markey/Jordan Fein), and Julia Jarcho’s OBIE Award-winning Grimly Handsome. Select Regional designs include Run From Me (LA Dance Project), Sooner/Later (Cincinnati Playhouse), A Quiet Place (Curtis Opera Theater), The Rape of Lucretia (Curtis Opera Theater), and Arnie, Louis and Bob (Trinity Repertory Theater). Barbara has ongoing collaborations with Lee Sunday Evans, Jordan Fein, Shannon Gillen, Julia Jarcho, Melissa Kievman, Portia Krieger, Brian Mertes, Katie Pearl, and Dustin Wills amongst others. She has toured nationally and internationally with Vim Vigor Dance.  Barbara served as the General Manager of OBIE Award-winning 13P and is the Producing Director for Morgan Gould & Friends. In 2016 The Interval named Barbara a Woman to Watch and she was a Target Margin Institute Fellow. Barbara holds a B.A. from Fordham University and an M.F.A in Lighting Design from NYU.  Proud member of USA Local 829.