Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr. Teacher, Lighting Designer, Production Manager

Metropolitan Opera Lighting Designs: Aida, Esclarmonde and John Dexter’s Lohengrin

Broadway Lighting Designs: (show details available at www.ibdb.com ) Porgy and Bess, Colette, Christmas is Coming Uptown, Sugar Babies, The Most Happy Fella, Monteith and Rand, I Love My Wife, Jumpers, Your Arm’s Too Short To Box with God, Cyrano, Nureyev and Friends, We Comrades Three, The Mighty Gents, Murderous Angels, War and Peace, You Can’t Take It With You, The Wild Duck, The School For Scandal.

Lighting Designer and/or Production Manager for many of Saul Hurok’s American presentations including: Bolshoi Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and subsequent tours.

Lighting Designer and Production Manager for Metropolitan Opera presentations including: The National Ballet of Cuba with Alicia Alonso, The Performing Arts Company of the People’s Republic of China, The Martha Graham Dance Company, The Royal Danish Ballet,Netherlands Ballet, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico.

Regional Opera, Ballet and Drama productions with companies including: Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Chicago Lyric Opera, The Guthrie Theater, Opera Company of Boston with Sarah Caldwell (18 shows), McCarter Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, Washington Opera, The Goodman Theater, Dallas Opera, Miami Opera, The Mark Taper Forum, Glen Tetly Company, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Notable Productions include: Einstein on the Beach – (U.S. premiere) at The Metropolitan Opera House Porgy and Bess – Houston Grand Opera, Wolf Trap and Radio City Music Hall The Bernstein Mass (world premiere) – The Kennedy Center The Beverly Sills Farewell Gala – New York City Opera Nixon and Carter Inaugural Galas – The Kennedy Center Resident Lighting Designer and Production Manager – New York City Opera, 1978-1982 Thirty-five Operas lighting designs beginning with Andrea Chenier and including Live from Lincoln Center Television Broadcasts of: Lucia di Lammermoor, La Cenerentola, Street Scene, The Turk in Italy

Full Professor of Lighting Design, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1970-1982 Created perhaps the largest and most successful graduate/undergraduate lighting design and production management program in the country.

Guest Lecturer at universities, educational and professional seminars all over the United States.

B.A. Yale University, 1957 M.F.A. Yale School of Drama, 1960


In Gilbert’s program bio he would often list himself as a professor of lighting and life. Just as his lighting was important in his life, life was the most important thing in the way he taught lighting. For those of us who knew Gilbert as students, it is impossible to separate the two.
— Mark Stanley, Resident Lighting Designer, New York City Ballet