Principal Designer - Producer
Renowned lighting designer Anne Militello brings many years of experience in architecture, theater, concert tours, theme parks and light art installations to her role as Principal Designer/Producer for MODE Studios. Her award-winning, world-class portfolio spans the globe, featuring scores of ultra-prestigious architectural, live and themed entertainment projects. Recognizing her commitment to setting new standards for lighting design - and pioneering new art forms from the cross-pollination of tech, techniques and genres - Anne was named Head of Lighting Design for the CalArts School of Theater in 2011. In that exciting ongoing role, she continues to oversee the innovative program's curriculum and professional development.
The founder and principal designer of Los Angeles-based Vortex Lighting, Anne is also a widely recognized fine artist with a career spanning all aspects of creating with light. Through her stage collaborations with Sam Shepard, David Lynch, Maria Irene Fornes, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Placido Domingo, Robert Plant, Pearl Jam and many others, her lighting designs have illuminated the world's leading entertainment venues, including Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Royal Albert Hall, Public Theater, Canadian Opera, Seattle Opera, and Staples Center. Her solo show "Radiate – Not Fade Away" was installed at Modern Culture Gallery in New York, and her large-scale public art piece "Light Cycles" was commissioned and installed at the World Financial Center at the World Trade Center in Battery Park City. Her groundbreaking interactive lighting for the New 42nd Street Studio Building in Times Square set the standard for integration of theater, art and architecture for lighting technology and control in a permanent setting. For these works, she received international media acclaim in the New York Times, Time Magazine and beyond, and appeared in the BBC Documentary, "Interesting People, Interesting Jobs."
A former Show Lighting Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, Anne also designed Universal Studios' "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man," which has consistently ranked among the world's top-rated theme park attractions and earned the global theme park industry's highest design honors. She has also 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; the Thea Award for Outstanding Themed Entertainment and Experience Design from the Themed Entertainment Association; and Themed Lighting Designer of the Year from Lighting Dimensions International. She has also received many other design awards including several Joseph Jefferson Awards, Outer Critics Circle Award, Dramalogue Awards, Lumen Awards and IIDA Awards.