The papers of Chris Parry, Tony Award-winning theatre lighting designer and University of California, San Diego, faculty.
The materials illustrate his extensive production career for both stage and film lighting design from 1975-2006 and as a lighting
design instructor. The bulk of the papers are production notebooks containing notes, schematic drawings, playbills, color
samples, and photographs. Materials also include reviews and slides of the productions, as well as biographical materials.
Chris Parry, born in the United Kingdom on May 23, 1952, was an acclaimed transatlantic theatre and opera lighting designer
originally from England and resided in San Diego. He taught lighting design in the University of California, San Diego, Theatre
and Dance Department from 1988-2006. Trained in England, he designed internationally for more than 30 years, earning the Tony
Award, the British Olivier Award, and 25 major awards and nominations including the New York Drama Desk Award and the Los
Angeles Drama Critics Award. His work included 160 British and American regional theatre and opera designs, as well as several
Broadway productions, a section of the film
Renaissance Man, and several retail design products in San Diego. Among his credits was
The Who's Tommy, directed by Des McAnuff, for which he won a Tony Award. Other highlights of his career include 24 productions for the Royal
Shakespeare Company (RSC), lighting design for
The Blue Angel,
The Secret Garden and
A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also worked with the Royal National Theatre in England, the Los Angeles Opera, the La Jolla Playhouse, and the Opera
Theatre of Lucca in Italy. He was presented with the Lighting Designer of the Year Award in 1994 by Lighting Dimensions.