American lighting designer Jennifer Tipton has created a number of works for the Royal Opera House, including Asphodel Meadows, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse, Giselle and Jewels for The Royal Ballet and Ariadne auf Naxos and Aida for The Royal Opera. She created the original lighting for several Robbins ballets now in the repertory of The Royal Ballet, including In the Night, Dances at a Gathering and The Concert.
Tipton was born in Ohio and studied at Cornell University. She studied lighting for dance with Thomas Skelton and has since won acclaim around the world for her work in dance, theatre and opera. Recent work in dance includes Alexei Ratmansky’s Shostakovich Trilogy for American Ballet Theatre; theatre includes Fassbinder’s In a Year with 13 Moons adapted and directed by Robert Woodruff at the Yale Repertory Theater; and opera includes L’elisir d’amore for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, directed by Bart Sher and La clemenza di Tito for Lyric Opera of Chicago, directed by David McVicar.
Tipton teaches lighting at the Yale School of Drama. Among her many awards are the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, 2001, and the Jerome Robbins Prize, 2003. In 2008 she was made a United States Artist ‘Gracie’ Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow.