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Jane is a lighting designer based in Brooklyn, NY, working in theater, dance and music. Projects in the 2014-2015 season include Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch in London, directed by Lyndsey Turner; The Color Purple (directed by fellow Princeton faculty member John Doyle); the new musical of Amelie, directed by Pam MacKinnon; Noises Off on Broadway, directed by Jeremy Herrin; a new musical, Head Over Heels, featuring the music of the Go-Gos; as well as Anthony and Cleopatra and a new play about Roe v. Wade, both directed by Bill Rauch.

Jane was nominated for the Tony and Drama Desk awards in 2014 for her work on Machinal at the Roundabout Theater. She was also the most nominated designer in any discipline for the Henry Hewes Design Awards, being nominated for her designs for Machinal; All the Way at the Neil Simon (Tony Award for Best Play); and Dinner with Friends.

In 2013, Jane won the Henry Hewes award for her work on The Flick (Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play), which will be re-mounted this season; she was also nominated for a Drama Desk for her work on Passion, directed by John Doyle.

Jane is a long-term member of the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company, who have been touring in collaboration with radio host Ira Glass, concocting a new work with illustrator Maira Kalman, and who have just made a new and wonderful piece called Happy Hour involving karaoke, cocktails and suits. Jane designs regularly at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, and has working relationships with theater companies in London and in Dublin, where she grew up.

Jane has taught courses at NYU (Tisch School of the Arts, graduate program in theater design); Vassar (drama department); Sarah Lawrence (dance department); UMass Amherst; and workshops at universities all over the country and at the Kennedy Center. She is represented in the book Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance.

Jane has been teaching at Princeton since 2007.

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Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street

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