Brian Sidney Bembridge
Brian is considered one of North America's most prolific scenic and lighting designers. Based in Chicago, Brian designs sets, lighting and costumes for theatres internationally in addition to playing an integral role in Chicago's distinguished theatre community. ·
His latest work Disko Tannsi is an energizing space of mirrored figures and spheres pared with lights that bring life to the winter air.
Brian is a native of Londonderry, New Hampshire and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts' School of Design and Production. Shortly after college, Brian assisted Alessandra Branca, when he got his big break in the business designing sets for Sony/Henson's Muppets From Space. He has since collaborated with Directors, Choreographers, Musicians, and Visual Artists such as Gary Griffin, Christoph Esenbach, Nate Berkus, David Cromer, Brian Henson, Nilo Cruz, Gale Edwards, The Q Brothers, and Eduardo Vilaro. Brian has been profiled in Live Design, Lighting & Sound America, Entertainment Design Magazine, Lighting Dimensions, PLSN, Stage Directions, American Theater Magazine, Chicago Social, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and numerous other publications.
He has been named one of the "Most Prolific Theater Artists of the Decade" by Time Out Chicago magazine and one of The "Top 50 Players in Chicago" Theatre by New City Magazine. The Chicago Sun-Times, declared him one of "the finest theatrical architects in Chicago." Brian has been honored with six Joseph Jefferson Awards, five After Dark Awards including Outstanding Season, three LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, three Garland Awards, an Ovation Award, and a LA Weekly Award.
Lightscape, Chicago Botanic Garden