Lighting design alumnus Al Crawford has been the lighting director of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 1998. He is a 1997 graduate of the School of Design and Production. He has produced the lighting for Ailey in virtually every major theater, performing arts center and opera house on the planet having toured to 48 states and more than 60 countries, including historically significant performances in Russia, China and South Africa. In 2015, Crawford was a guest lighting designer for UNCSA's acclaimed production of "Guys and Dolls."
In addition to teaching as a guest faculty member at UNCSA, Crawford was recently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts. He also serves as a selection committee member of the Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Internship Programs at Lincoln Center. Crawford has spoken at universities around the country, at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Conference, Live Design International (LDI) and the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. He was recently a keynote speaker at the Electronic Theater Controls CUE conference in Madison, Wisc.