Anne Militello is the Head of Lighting Programs at CalArts and Founder of Vortex Lighting in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Militello is a renown 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 and eventually to Broadway, international opera, and touring concert stages. She was also a Show Lighting Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering and has designed for Universal Studios.
Among her many awards, she received the OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence for her work on the Off and Off Off Broadway Theater, the prestigious Paul Waterbury Award of Distinction from the Illuminating Engineering Society for her work on the New 42nd Street Studios and Themed Lighting Designer of the Year from Lighting Dimensions International.
As a lighting artist, her solo show “Radiate – Not Fade Away” was installed at Modern Culture Gallery in New York and her latest creation “Light Cycles” was installed at the World Financial Center at the World Trade Center in Battery Park City. Both received international media acclaim and she has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine among others and was the subject of the BBC Documentary “Interesting People, Interesting Jobs.”
Some of her collaborators include Sam Shepard, David Lynch, Maria Irene Fornes, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Placido Domingo, Robert Plant and Pearl Jam among others. She has designed lighting on stage including Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Royal Albert Hall, Public Theater, Canadian Opera House, Seattle Opera, Staples Center and others.
She has lit architectural projects including hotels, mixed use developments, restaurants and residences all over the world, and has been a guest or keynote speaker at conferences and symposiums in North America, Europe and Asia.