School of Theatre and Dance
Howell Binkley, East Carolina University, ECU

Howell Binkley

Lighting Designer
Class of 1977

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Since last year's Tony Award win for Best Lighting Design for A Musical for the smash hit "Hamilton", SoTD alum Howell Binkley has been extremely busy.  Not only was he nominated for a 2017 Tony Award for "Come From Away" but he also has two productions running at present and two additional shows opening soon, "Come From Away" & "A Bronx Tale" and "Prince of Broadway" and "Escape to Margaritaville" respectively.

Broadway designs include: Memphis, West Side Story (2009 Tony Nomination), Guys and Dolls, In The Heights (2008 Tony Nomination), Gypsy- directed by Arthur Laurents, starring Patti LuPone, CryBaby, LoveMusik, Xanadu, Jersey Boys (2006Tony Award Winner), Avenue Q, Bridge and Tunnel, Dracula, Steel Magnolias, Golda’s Balcony, Hollywood Arms, The Look of Love, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Minnelli on Minnelli, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1993 Tony Nomination), Taking Sides, How To Succeed..., High Society and Grease.

Off-Broadway works include: The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Landscape of The Body at The Signature, Sinatra at Radio City, Batboy: The Musical, Never The Sinner and Radiant Baby.

Mr. Binkley is a proud co-founder of Parsons Dance for which he has designed over 60 pieces. He has created works for The La Jolla Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre D.C., The Alley Theatre, The Old Globe, The Guthrie, The Goodman, The Hartford Stage, The Seattle Repertory Company and The Kennedy Center where he designed six musicals in repertory for The Sondheim Celebration.

Dance: Alvin Ailey, MoMix, Peter Pucci Plus, American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance and The Joffrey Ballet (Billboards). Binkley has also designed works for The Dallas and The Metropolitan Opera Houses.

He is a five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient and was awarded the 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier Award and the Canadian Dora Award for Kiss of The Spider Woman. Mr. Binkleywas given the 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, 2006 Outer Critics Circle Award and the 2006 Tony Award for Jersey Boys. Originally from Winston-Salem and a proud graduate of East Carolina University.