Anne Militello is a renowned theater and architectural lighting designer, as well as a fine artist, with a career spanning all aspects of creating with light. Her career began in theater and music clubs in New York City, which eventually led to Broadway, dance, opera, and touring concert stages. She studied at the prestigious Polakov Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York under the mentorship of a variety of renown Broadway designers. She later relocated to California for Walt Disney Imagineering, where she designed theme park rides and attractions, also designing for Universal Studios.
Among many awards, she received the OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence for work on the Off and Off Off Broadway Theater, the prestigious Paul Waterbury Award of Distinction from the Illuminating Engineering Society, Themed Lighting Designer of the Year from Lighting Dimensions International, as well as several Lumen Awards and the TEA Award for “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.”
As a lighting artist, her solo show “Radiate – Not Fade Away” was installed at Modern Culture Gallery in New York. Her large scale light art installation “Light Cycles”, which was commissioned by Arts at Brookfield, was installed at the World Financial Center at the 3 World Trade Center in Battery Park City. Both received international media acclaim including a profile in the New York Times. Her work has also been featured in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Time Magazine, among others. She was the subject of the BBC Documentary “Interesting People, Interesting Jobs.” Her kinetic light art on the New 42nd Street Studio Building in Times Square was one of the first innovative and groundbreaking uses of digital theatrical light on a landmark architectural façade and remains as an icon in Times Square to this day.
Some of her collaborators include Sam Shepard, David Lynch, Maria Irene Fornes, Placido Domingo. Anne has designed concert tours for Robert Plant, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Neil Young, kd lang, and Pearl Jam, among others. She has designed on stages which include Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Public Theater, Staples Center, Queen Victoria Theater, and others.
Anne is the founder and principal of the Hollywood design firm Vortex Lighting. She continues to lead design teams in an array of architectural projects including hospitality, commercial, retail, and themed projects worldwide. She is a regular keynote speaker and lecturer at conferences and symposiums in North America, Europe, and Asia - including LDI, NAMM, Greenlight Symposium, Lightfair, Lights in Goa, among others.