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Yi Zhao

About this Artist

Yi Zhao is a Beijing-born, Paris-raised and U.S.-educated lighting designer currently based in Berlin and working internationally, whose designs for theater, opera, live music and dance are informed by a background in fine art photography and a passion for music. His lighting designs have been seen at Lincoln Center Theater, Sasha Waltz & Guests (Germany), Norwegian National Opera, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre (New York), Soho Rep., Ars Nova, the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, The Wilma Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Opera Colorado, Detroit Opera, Opera Omaha, LA Philharmonic, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Curtis Institute of Music, ArtsEmerson, Philadelphia FringeArts, Ballet de Lorraine (France), and Festival d’Automne à Paris (France), among others. He is a recipient of the 2016 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, and a Tony Awards nominee in 2022. Stranger Love marks his 27th production with director Lileana Blain-Cruz.