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Columbia College Chicago
Heather Gilbert

Heather Gilbert

Heather Gilbert


Assistant Professor

BA in Drama Trinity University in San Antonio, MFA in Lighting Design The Theatre School at DePaul University. For many years Heather has worked as a freelance lighting designer based out of Chicago. Her work has been seen on Chicago stages including the Court Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, the Hypocrites Theatre Company, and lots and lots of storefront theaters around the city. In New York Heather’s lighting design for David Cromer’s production of OUR TOWN is enjoying a long run at the Barrow Street Theatre. Heather’s work has been seen in theatres in such extreme locations as Singapore, Louisiana, and Los Angeles among other cities and countries. From 1999-2001 Heather received the support of the National Endowment of the Arts/Theatre Communication Group Career Development Program. In addition to theater design, Heather has designed multiple exhibits for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Heather worked with many of the most influential and creative artists in the American theatre, including being part of the original productions of such pieces as Suzan Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog both on and off Broadway. She also participated in the creation of the Tony Award winning production One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest that originated in Chicago before transferring to both London and Broadway. She has been at Columbia College since 2006.