Michael Stiller is a lighting designer, interactive technologist, and teacher whose career has spanned the worlds of dance, performance, architecture, and entertainment. Michael found his first métier in 1984, creating physical and projected artworks in New York’s vibrant downtown dance and performance community, and in the 1990’s he embarked on a professional lighting design career that synthesized these multidisciplinary interests into a practice focused on architecturally based experiential environments. His public space artworks and architectural lighting designs are represented in the corporate, exhibit, retail, hospitality, and municipal markets. His theatrical designs have been produced in dozens of international venues from raw industrial spaces to classical opera houses, state theaters, arenas, and Broadway. His work for camera has appeared in major motion pictures and on network television.
In 1998 Michael founded Michael Stiller Design, where he directs a versatile team of designers, project managers, and programmers. He made his Broadway debut in 2018, as production designer for the rock/classical mashup: Rocktopia. Michael is the recipient of a LIT Award and an IESNYC Lumen Award for his work on Sensing Change, a public space artwork in Chicago; three IES Illumination Merit Awards for his work designing the experiences at 85 Broad Street in lower Manhattan, 151 N Franklin Street in Chicago, and The Hub on Causeway in Boston; and a Bessie award for his lighting design of Neil Greenberg’s Not About Aids Dance. He is currently on the faculty of FIT’s School of Graduate Studies, in the Exhibition and Experience Design program. Michael is the author of a textbook, Quality Lighting for High Performance Buildings.