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Following graduation from Cornell University, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton (1937- ) studied dance in New York City, but changed career plans after a course in stage lighting with Thomas Skelton at the American Dance Festival, Connecticut College. Subsequently, she designed for and toured with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and gained theatrical acclaim for her work for Jerome Robbins's Celebrations: The Art of the Pas de Deux (1973) at Spoleto, Italy. Her designs were soon seen regularly in productions on Broadway and with the New York Shakespeare Festival. Tipton is widely known for her role as artistic collaborator with such choreographers as Paul Taylor, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Dana Reitz, Jirí Kylián, Dan Wagoner, and Trisha Brown, among many others. From opera productions in the United States and Europe, she has also designed experimental performance pieces such as Gandhara (1999). Tipton's work in the theater has earned professional recognition, including several Drama Desk Awards, two Bessies, a pair of Tonys, an Olivier, the American Theatre Wing Award, and an OBIE for Sustained Achievement. A professor of lighting design at Yale University, she advises, "Use what you have, and use it well and imaginatively."

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