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Hideaki Tsutsui – Lighting Designer (USA829)  

Hideaki is from Sapporo, Japan earned a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design at Florida State University and is a member of USA829.  

New York credits include Lantern Floating for Peace at Lincoln Center, Tony Award winning Choreographer Garth Fagan’s 40th anniversary piece; Thanks 40 at Joyce theatre, Mikel Rouse’s Gravity Radio at Brooklyn Academy of Music, three seasons as the principle LD for the Midtown International Theatre Festival where he designed numerous productions such as Rhinoceros and City of Dreams. He also designed lighting for Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos at Brooklyn Academy of Music and National Tour of Moscow Circus USA tour. He was also the Assistant Lighting Designer for Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer on OMNIUM GATHERUM.  

Hideaki has been working internationally as the Lighting Designer/Director for shows such as Cook, Dixon and Young (formally known as Three Mo’ Tenors), Sing Along Santa in Seoul, Korea, Failing Kansas in Melbourne Australia. Hideaki is also the Lighting Designer for Mikel Rouse’s Cameraworld, Music for Minorities, and The End of Cinematics, which had a successful run in NYC and Westend. It was also featured in Live Design Magazine and Prague Quadrennial 2007.   

Before he joined University of Texas at El Paso as the lighting design professor, he was the lighting designer and VP of Operations at Eggshell Light Company in Hawaii, where he designed over 100 corporate events, concerts and television shows.  A few of the events he designed for were; PBS Hawaii, Cindy Lauper, Nissin Cup Noodle, General Motors, Boeing, Coors, LPGA, Subaru, Kaiser Permanente, KTC Japan, and FENDI.  In 2011, Hideaki was one of the lighting designers to work on APEC 2011 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Recent projects include Sweeney Todd at Madison Opera, Mikel Rouse’s The Demo World Premier at Stanford and Virginia Arts Festival 20th Anniversary Gala, which featured some of the greatest dance companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Group, Tokyo Ballet,  Birmingham Royal Ballet and Richmond Ballet. Hideaki continues to work such events as Shinnyo Lantern Floating Hawaii, which attracts 50,000 spectators each year and NCAA final Four Promotional Videos for CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting Systems, which works have been broadcasted nationally and internationally.

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