Norman Coates

Norman Coates has served on the faculty of UNCSA for more than 25 years, after working as a lighting designer for several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. He continues his work in lighting design with local theatre companies and with the Winston-Salem Light Project, which he founded in 2008. He was featured in the June 2016 edition of Live Design magazine and has been a guest for the Casting Light Podcast (Part I and Part II).

While lighting design is a wonderful and fabulous thing, it is part of a bigger art form. I try to find students who at least have a sense of the big picture of telling a story, and that doesn't matter whether it is dance or opera or drama or musical comedy. In the end, you're telling the story, and you're telling it with light.


  • Lighting designer for Broadway shows, including “The News” and “Prince of Central Park”
  • Lighting designer for Off-Broadway shows, including “Here Are Ladies,” “Diversions and Delights,” “Blood Knot” and “Limbo Tales.”
  • Designed Richard Harris' international tour of “Camelot.”
  • Regional theatre credits include Triad Stage, Great Lakes Theater Festival, PlayMakers Repertory, Burt Reynolds' Jupiter Theatre and The Hirschfeld Theatre.
  • Has designed for such opera companies as Opera Omaha, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Pacific and Piedmont Opera Theatre.

Career Highlights


  • United Scenic Artists (USA)
  • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)


B.A.Temple University