Miriam Nilofa Crowe is a New York-based lighting designer for theatre, dance and music. She currently designs regularly for four-time Grammy-winner Rosanne Cash, Grammy and Latin Grammy-winner Lila Downs, Princeton University, and Ko-Ryo Dance Theater. Some favorite recent projects include The River and the Thread (Rosanne Cash), home/sick (The Assembly), Fences (Triad Stage), 2Hymnvb (Anneke Hansen), Six Characters: A Family Album (Theodora Skipitares), Medea (Bryan Davidson Blue), What it Means to Disappear Here (Ugly Rhino), Seagull Machine (The Assembly), Gorilla (SATC), The Penalty (The Apothetae), Symphony for the Dance Floor (Daniel Bernard Roumain), Honky (Urban Stages), RescYou (Eckert+Sorenson-Jolink), Project RUIN (Carlye Eckert and Lucie Baker), 1 Rove (Engine Company No 11), Bridesburg (Miscreant Theater), Life after Dark (Dana Leong), A Touch of the Poet (Friendly Fire), A Sake Tasting with Séance to Follow (Lucas Hnath, Active Eye), Flags (Firefly Theater @ 59E59), Woman in Waiting (Farber Foundry), Beowulf (Benjamin Bagby, Lincoln Center Festival), The $trip and Phenomenon (Nerve Ensemble), The Designated Mourner (Cleveland Public Theater – sets, lights & costumes), and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Yale Rep).
She has lit concerts by musicians as diverse as Alicia Hall Moran, Bora Yoon, Acronym, Aeolus Quartet, The Tiger Lillies, Dana Leong, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Paola Prestini, Nico Muhly, Jason Lindner’s Now vs. Now, Juancho Herrera, Break of Reality, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, The Knights, Hugh Masakela, Gidon Kremer, Tito Puente, Abdullah Ibrahim, Rufus Wainwright, DJ Spooky, Beth Orton, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, and the Bang on a Can Marathon at venues such as Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall), BAM Next Wave, Lincoln Center OOD, the Country Music Hall of Fame, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Barbican Center, the Apollo Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, KKL Luzern, The Fillmore, Lincoln Center Festival, SF Jazz, City Center, Town Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl.
As a consultant, she conceived the initial stage lighting plans for National Sawdust, a performance space for new music that opened in a newly renovated former sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the fall of 2015. She also implemented a lighting equipment upgrade for the stage and lobby of The Jazz Gallery, a small music venue in Manhattan.
Her work has also been seen at Odyssey LA, The New School for Drama, The Lee Strasberg Institute, Cherry Lane, Abrons Art Center, Urban Stages, Dixon Place, Theatre Row, the Brick, the Living Theatre, Ars Nova, Bushwick Starr, the Gene Frankel, Collapsible Hole, HERE, La Mama, Walkerspace, NYMF, Fringe NYC, Women’s Project, Target Margin, Ohio Theatre, PS122, Connelly Theater, 59 E 59th, Manhattan Children’s Theater, Yale Cabaret, Yale Dramat, Juilliard, Fordham, Chautauqua Conservatory, Bard College, Connecticut College, Peabody-Essex Museum, Bermuda Festival, Adirondack Theatre Festival, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.
She has a BA in English from Yale College ‘96 and an MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama ’05.