Theater Faculty

Jane Cox

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Jane Cox is a lighting designer for theater, opera, dance and music based in Princeton, New Jersey. Designs in the 2019-20 theater season include The Marriage of Figaro at San Francisco Opera; Fefu and her Friends at Theater for a New Audience in NYC, directed by Princeton alumna Lileana Blain-Cruz; Assassins directed by Princeton faculty member John Doyle at Classic Stage Company in NYC; Three Sisters directed by Sam Gold, starring Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaacs, at NYTW; and Sarah Ruhl's new play Becky Nurse of Salem at Lincoln Center, directed by Annie Kaufman.

Last theater season, Cox created lighting design for King Lear with Glenda Jackson on Broadway, directed by Sam Gold; a new musical adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel Secret Life of Bees (Lynn Nottage and Duncan Sheik); The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, directed by fellow faculty member John Doyle and a revival of True West on Broadway, directed by British director James McDonald. Upcoming opera includes new productions of the Mozart Da Ponte operas for San Francisco Opera.

Other exciting recent designs include Othello for the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park and Jitney on Broadway, both directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson; a theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates book Between The World and Me, directed by Kamilah Forbes; All the Way and Roe directed by Bill Rauch; Annie Baker’s The Flick, directed by Sam Gold; a new musical of Amelie, directed by Pam MacKinnon; Color Purple directed by John Doyle; and Hamlet directed by Lyndsey Turner (with Benedict Cumberbatch).

Jane has been nominated for two Tony awards, for her work on Jitney (2017) and on Machinal(2014). In 2016, Jane was awarded the Ruth Morley Design Award by the League of Professional Theater Women, and a British What’s Onstage award for her work on Hamlet. Jane has also been nominated for three Drama Desk awards and three Lortel awards, and in 2013, was awarded the Henry Hewes Design Award for her work on The Flick.

Jane has been a company member of the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company for twenty years. The company is currently touring three projects — Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host with Ira Glass; a museum workout, partly developed at the Princeton Art Museum, with illustrator Maira Kalman; and Happy Hour, a piece involving karaoke, cocktails and suits. Jane has an ongoing relationship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and long-standing collaborations with directors John Doyle, Sam Gold and Bill Rauch, among others. Jane has taught at NYU (Tisch School of the Arts) where she also got her MFA in theater design, at Vassar (drama department) and Sarah Lawrence (dance department) and has been teaching about light and theater design at Princeton University since 2007. Jane became Director of the Program in Theater in 2016.

LINKS | “Lit from Within” — Jane Cox featured in Princeton Magazine | Jane Cox receives WhatsOnStage Award for Best Lighting Design | Jane Cox receives the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women | Jane Cox nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical for The Color Purple | Light & Lighting Design in the Museum | “Jane Cox on LEDs, lighting design and the role of light in storytelling” — feature in Discovery magazine | “This ‘Othello’ Is Powered by Women” | “The arts take center stage in the entrepreneurial spotlight” | Friends of AUDELCO 2018-19 Theatre Season “The VIV” NOMINEES — Jane Cox for Lighting Design, The Secret Life of Bees | 2019 AUDELCO’s VIV Award Nominations — Jane Cox for Lighting Design, The Secret Life of Bees; October 15, 2019

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