Clifton Taylor

Lighting program faculty member Clifton Taylor has created lighting, projection and scenic designs for theater, dance and opera companies around the world for over 32 years. Taylor has designed a number of unique concert music events for major orchestras, solo musicians and large-scale venues. His work has been commissioned on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and in 17 countries outside the United States.


  • Taylor has previously taught at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the New York Choreographic Institute, Boston University, The Juilliard School, the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and at the University of Iowa. 

Career Highlights

  • Broadway credits include “Frozen,” “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only” and “Hot Feet.”
  • He has designed for the repertories of Paul Taylor Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, the Dance Theater of Harlem and Sardono Dance Theater in Indonesia; for ballet works for American Ballet Theatre and ballet companies in Boston, Washington and San Francisco; and in Russia, Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom, China and France. 
  • Author of lighting design book, "Color and Light, Navigating Color Mixing in the Midst of an LED Revolution."

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Taylor's nominations include 2010 Henry Hewes Nomination for “White Woman Street” at the Irish Rep., directed by Charlotte Moore; a 2004 Lucille Lortel Nomination for “Frozen,” directed by Doug Hughes; and a 1992 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award Nomination for “Miss Evers’ Boys,” directed by Benny Sato Ambush.
  • Column Award for “The Tempest” at the Dallas Theater Center: Best Lighting Design of a Play – Equity, directed by Kevin Moriarty, 2011
  • Connecticut Theatre Critics Award for “Journey’s End” at the Westport Country Playhouse, directed by Greg Boyd, 2005
  • Garland Award for “The Two and Only” Los Angeles pre-Broadway run, directed by Paul Kreppel & Murphy Cross, 2005
  • Knight of Illumination Award Winner for his design of “Four Quartets” at the Barbican Theatre in London, 2019


  • United Scenic Artists Local 829, member
  • USITT Professional Member
  • AFAS Artists Collective, Winston-Salem


B.F.A. DesignNew York University - Tisch School of the Arts