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Award-Winning Lighting Designer Lap Chi Chu Joins UCLA Department of Theater

Stage Directions • Changing Roles • October 19, 2020

Lap Chi Chu joins the faculty at UCLA TFT’s Department of Theater as the head of lighting design

Brian Kite, Interim Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) announced the appointment of award-winning lighting designer Lap Chi Chu as a UCLA TFT tenured professor.

Chu has joined UCLA TFT’s Department of Theater as the head of lighting design. He has designed more than 50 world premieres of new plays, including Sara DeLappe’s The Wolves; Lynn Nottage’s Mlima’s Tale; Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3; Rajiv Joseph’s Archduke and Describe the Night; Matthew Lopez’s Somewhere; Hammaad Chaudry’s An Ordinary Muslim; Qui Nguyen’s Poor Yella Redneck; Jen Silverman’s Dangerous House; and Anna Ziegler’s Actually. He recently designed the new musical Darling Grenadine as well as the world premiere of Hilary Bettis’ 72 Miles to Go, both at the Roundabout Theater in New York. Chu is the recipient of multiple accolades including Obie, Lucille Lortel, Ovation, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards. Most recently, he was head of lighting design at California Institute of the Arts; and has also taught at Hangyang University in Seoul, South Korea as a guest professor. Chu earned an M.F.A. from New York University and a B.S. from Northwestern University.

“UCLA is one of the best research and academic institutions in the world,” says Chu. “It is proudly public, situated in the heart of the global arts and entertainment capital, and ripe with opportunity for growth. I’m looking forward to interacting and collaborating with the outstanding students and faculty of the school.”

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