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Lori Dawson
Technical Director,
Lighting Designer,
Dance Theater Manager

Phone: (518) 580-5360

Office Hours: By Appointment



  • Teaches Dance Production during the fall semester
  • Mentors student lighting designers & stage managers
  • Coordinates and designs for the Senior Dance Capstone
  • Designs lighting for Dance Department concerts
  • Maintains the facility and equipment
  • Manages the operations of the Dance Center utilizing a student crew


Short Biography

Lori joined the Skidmore faculty in 1998. She earned her MFA in lighting design from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She freelanced as a lighting designer in NYC for ten years and had the pleasure of designing for such noted choreographers as Vicky Schick, Shelly Lee and Gus Solomons Jr. She served as Lighting Director of the Red Parrot Cabaret designing for a wide array of musical performers including Cab Colloway and Tito Puente. While serving as the resident Lighting Designer for Dance Theatre Workshop (DTW), she designed the lighting for three Obie award winning shows: Janie Geiser's Stories from Here, Dan Hurlin's A Cool Million, and Paul Zaloom's House of Horrors. Locally, Lori has designed for the Saratoga City Ballet, Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and HMT