Brandon Stirling Baker is a lighting designer working internationally in the areas of ballet, opera and theater.
His lighting can be seen in the repertories of New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Berlin Staatsballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Houston Ballet, Semperoper Dresden, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, Los Angeles Dance Project and many others. Since 2010, Baker has been a frequent collaborator with choreographer Justin Peck of the New York City Ballet.
Baker’s lighting has been presented nationally and internationally by major venues including Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Theatre du Chatelet (Paris), Sadlers Wells (London), Maison de La Danse (Lyon), Teatro Carlo Felice (Genoa) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (Spain). Other international credits include premieres in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, South America, Cuba, Jamaica, United Kingdom and Canada.
Baker has worked with a diverse group of visual artists, directors, composers and choreographers including Shepard Fairey, Sufjan Stevens, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Bryce Dessner, Daniel Buren, George Condo, Karl Jensen, Marcel Dzama, Jason Hackenwerth, Stephen Powers, Michelle Dorrance, Benjamin Millepied, Caleb Teicher, James Ortiz and Jamar Roberts.
In 2019 the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series honored Mr.Baker with a special program “The Choreography of Light” dedicated to his work as a lighting designer for ballet.
Mr.Baker received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.
Baker is the Lighting Director for Boston Ballet. He is a recipient of the 2016 Lotos Foundation Prize and a 2018 Resident Artist at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.