Heather Gilbert - Columbia College Chicago

Heather Gilbert

Associate Professor



Heatr Gilbert is an associate professor in the Theatre Department, teaching Lighting Design for Live Performance. She is an award-winning lighting designer, whose recent work includes the Broadway production of THE SOUND INSIDE at Studio 54 with David Cromer for which she won a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award.

Heather's designs have been seen onstage at almost every theatre in Chicago from the Goodman to storefronts everywhere as well as the London production of OUR TOWN at the Almeida Theatre, following runs in Chicago, New York, LA, Boston, and Kansas City.

Regionally, Heather’s designs have been seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, American Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Huntington Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kansas City Rep, Alley Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Lookinglass Theatre, Writers Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre, and many more. Other international credits include PEDRO PARAMO with Teatro Buendia in Montreal and A PERFECT GANESH at Singapore Repertory Theatre.Heather works frequently with acclaimed directors such as David Cromer, Devon DeMayo, Jonathan Berry, Sean Graney, Kimberly Senior, and many others.

In 2012, Heather received the 3Arts Award in Chicago. She was a recipient of the prestigious NEA/TCG Career Development Grant for Designers from TCG.

Heather received her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio and her MFA in Lighting Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Instructional Areas

Live Entertainment Lighting, focused in theatre and dance, additional interest in Concert. Collaboration for Theatre Designers and Directors, Period Styles, Intro to Design.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Concert lighting and technology. Installation art. Light art.


B.A., Drama Trinity University 1992
M.F.A., Lighting Design DePaul University 1997