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Annie Wiegand

Annie Wiegand is the first, and maybe the only, professional Deaf lighting designer in the theatre industry in the United States.

Annie Wiegand is the first, and maybe the only, professional Deaf lighting designer in the theatre industry in the United States. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Annie received her BA in theatre from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and her MFA in Lighting Design from Boston University. After receiving her MFA, Annie toured for three years with The Acting Company as their Lighting Director. The highlights of her lighting design work include the following productions: Off-Broadway: I Was Most Alive With You (Playwrights Horizons, NYC). Notable Regional: Eclipsed (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, WI); Steel Magnolias, Under the Breeches (Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, AL); Steel Magnolias (Dallas Theater Center, TX); The Who and The What (Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA); The Children, Matt and Ben, Brahman/I (Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY); Small Mouth Sounds, The Bridges of Madison County (IRNE Nominee for Best Lighting Design), and Tribes (Speakeasy Stage Company, Boston, MA). Notable Off-Off-Broadway: Follies (Astoria Performing Arts Center. NYIT Nominee for Best Lighting Design). Annie is an Assistant Professor in the Theatre and Dance Program at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She teaches design and production in both theatre courses as well as interdisciplinary courses. She is also a Teaching Artist with Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC. Also, since 2013, Annie has been the Producing Director with New York Deaf Theatre. She resides in the NYC area with her wife Staci, dog Rusty, and cat Parsley. www.anniewiegand.com

 

The backstage area of a theatre, with a red curtain on a raised platform. There are random props and items strewn about. A woman in a 1940s outfit is standing at stage left. Down on the lower level is a ghost light. The entire stage is covered in textured, selective lighting.
Illuminating the Careers of Disabled Lighting Designers
Essay

Illuminating the Careers of Disabled Lighting Designers

25 February 2021

Lighting designers Annie Wiegand and Michael Maag discuss how being part of the Deaf and disability community intersects with their design work.

Who Tells Our Story? Presenting the Deaf Experience Onstage through Deaf Eyes
Essay

Who Tells Our Story? Presenting the Deaf Experience Onstage through Deaf Eyes

9 April 2016

Annie Wiegand and JW Guido write about the work of New York Deaf Theatre, and the importance of Deaf by Deaf for Deaf theatre work.