About Us

Christopher Akerlind

CHRISTOPHER AKERLIND returns to the Alley Theatre having previously designed The Elephant Man, Amadeus, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Seven Guitars, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and The Young Man From Atlanta. He has designed over 600 productions at theater and opera companies across the country and around the world. Broadway credits include Time and the Conways, Indecent (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Rocky the Musical (Tony nomination), Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination), Superior Donuts, Top Girls, 110 In The Shade (Tony nomination), Talk Radio, Shining City, Awake and Sing (Tony nomination), Well, Rabbit Hole, In My Life, The Light in the Piazza (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Tony Awards), Reckless, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Seven Guitars (Tony nomination), and The Piano Lesson among others. His extensive credits in opera include productions at the Bordeaux, Boston Lyric, Dallas, Glimmerglass, Hamburg, Houston, Lyric Opera Chicago, Metropolitan, Minnesota, New York City, Nissei, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Scottish, Wexford Festival, and Washington National Operas, as well as over 60 productions for Opera Theater of Saint Louis where he was Resident Lighting Designer for twelve years. He is the recipient of an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design, the Chicago area’s Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration, and numerous nominations for the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, outer critics circle, and Tony Award among others.