Lenore Doxsee

Lenore Doxsee, 1965-2017

I had the extraordinary privilege of working with Lenore Doxsee on almost all of my pieces between 2002 and 2015. I can't emphasize enough the enormous impact she had on my work and on me. She was a consummate artist, and over the years she not only crafted an exquisite and unique vision for my work with her beautiful lighting design, she also served de facto roles as set designer, seamstress, and dramaturg. She was simply a badass and the hardest working person I ever met. She won Bessie Awards for her designs for Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies (2005) and Last Meadow (2009), but honestly I think she should have gotten a Bessie for every single show she lit. She was one of the inspirations for Age & Beauty Part 2, the piece that looks at my long-term working relationships, and I am forever grateful to her for the relentless commitment she brought to what she did.

I love this picture of her that her partner, Paul, took during one of their yearly sails, a ritual they kept going year after year. She loved being in the ocean. She was a poet, a complete master of light. I miss her dearly and I always will.-MG

Photo by Paul Bartlett

Lenore Doxsee is a lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. She is the resident lighting designer for Target Margin Theater and has designed in many New York theaters including New York City Opera, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Kitchen. With MGPP she has designed "HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE," “Last Meadow” (Bessie Award), "Nothing, No thing," “Everyone,” “Difficult Bodies/Retrospective Exhibitionist” (Bessie Award), “dAMNATION rOAD,” “I Succumb,” and “enter the seen.” Other designs for dance include Morgan Thorson’s “Heaven” and Karen Sherman’s “Copperhead” and “Cold Comfort.” Regionally and abroad Lenore has designed for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Opera de Montreal, Singapore Repertory Theatre, and many others. Lenore received an Obie Award for Target Margin’s production of Mamba’s Daughters.

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