The Kennedy Center

J. Russell Sandifer


J. Russell Sandifer (Lighting Designer) is co-chairperson and professor of the School of Dance at Florida State University. Outside of Florida State, Russell designs lighting for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet (since 2001) and for Urban Bush Women (since 1998). For The Suzanne Farrell Ballet he has designed Variatons for Orchestra, Mozartiana, Agon, and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, among others. He also designed lighting for Seaside Music Theater from 1984 until it closed in 2008. In his professional career, Russell has designed lighting for well over 1,700 dance works, 85 musicals, and eight operas. These works have been presented across the United States, South America, and Europe. In addition he also continues to design scenery and multimedia work. He has presented and served on panels for the National Association of Schools of Dance, United States Institute for Technical Theatre, and the Southeastern Theatre Conferences. Russell is a member of the Council of Dance Administrators, United Scenic Artists, and a lifetime member of the American College Dance Association.  


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