In a diverse career spanning 30 years, Chris Lee has lit over 300 shows on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, London’s West End, Tokyo, film, opera, television, cruise ships, theme parks, and Las Vegas spectacles. He has been nominated for The American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes, The Helen Hayes, The Barrymore, The Tina and The Katherine Cornell. For his design work he has received The Helen Hayes Award, Katherine Cornell Award and, with the Walt Disney Creative Entertainment team, the 2015 IAAPA Brass Ring for Best Overall Production for King Triton’s Concert. He was honored as Philadelphia’s Best Lighting Designer by Philadelphia Magazine and has been featured in Lighting Dimensions Magazine, Live Design and Lighting And Sound America. He can be heard on numerous industry pod casts as well as his lecture series on Cross Platform Careers In Lighting Design.
Chris’ selected theatre credits include Fame Becomes Me, Linda Eder Live at the Gershwin Theatre, Linda Eder At Carnegie Hall, Beaches The Musical, Shakespeare’s R&J, The Burnt Part Boys, Side Show, Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon, The Witches of Eastwick, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Pajama Game, Saving Aimee!, M. Butterfly, Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Gypsy, Company, Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Into the Woods, Follies, Elegies: A Song Cycle, and Xanadu. He was one of the original creatives on Broadway Bares collaborating with director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell for 10 years of the famed charity event for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS taking the production to Las Vegas for a commercial run under the name Peep Show.
Mr. Lee has had the privilege to collaborated on projects with Hasbas Entertainment, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, Disney Cruise Lines, Tokyo Disney Sea, Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disney Resort, Oriental Land Company, Kawana Entertainment, Broadway Across America, Clear Channel Entertainment, Pace Theatrical, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Phoenix Entertainment, Second Stage Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Playwrights Horizons, The Old Globe San Diego, Pasadena Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Barrington Stage Company, Ford’s Theatre and 30 designs for Signature Theatre DC.
Mr. Lee's corporate designs emphasize how theatrical lighting can help define brand identity. He has conceived and designed over 200 live events domestic and international for such clients as Imagination, The Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, Sony Ericsson, Microsoft, Intel, Bell Canada, and American Express. As a television lighting director for New Wave Entertainment he has designed over 20 projects. Additionally, he has designed for HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, VH-1 and Netflix. In the feature film “Camp”, his work is on display during the film's theatrical sequences.
In his spare time, Chris is an avid off-roader and can be found on Nantucket whenever possible.