About Brandon Stirling Baker

New York, NY

Brandon Stirling Baker (CBA ’18) is a lighting designer working internationally in ballet, opera, and theater. His recent work can be seen in the repertories of the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Houston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Semperoper Dresden, and Berlin Staatsballet. Baker is a frequent collaborator with choreographer Justin Peck and has worked with a diverse group of artists including Benjamin Millepied, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Jamar Roberts, Troy Schumacher, Emery LeCrone, Ernst Meisner, Stephen Powers, Karl Jensen, Daniel Buren, George Condo, Marcel Dzama, and Shepard Fairey. In 2018, Baker was appointed Lighting Director for the Boston Ballet.

The Choreography of Light

At The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, Baker will develop a new ballet inspired by the close relationship between choreography and lighting design. The project will explore the past, present, and future of lighting for ballet with a close look at the presence of color and visual aesthetic. Baker will collaborate with choreographer Jamar Roberts from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to develop this new work.