Justin Townsend

Awards —

TONY Nomination American Psycho
TONY Nomination The Humans
3 Drama Desk Awards
Henry Hewes Award
Lucille Lortel Award
Elliot Norton Award
Outer Critics Circle Award
22014 Obie for sustained Excellence In Lighting Design

Collaborators Include

Elena Araoz
Alex Timbers
Joe Mantello
Lear Debessonet
Diane Paulus
Daniel Sullivan
Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Rupert Goold
Amanda Palmer


JUSTIN TOWNSEND (Lighting Design) Justin Townsend is an international lighting designer for performance. This summer he will open Moulin Rouge at the Hirschfeld and then Jagged Little Pill in the Fall on Broadway. His Broadway lighting designs include: American Psycho (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Henry Hewes Award), The Humans (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Nap, Little Foxes, Present Laughter, Casa Valentina, A Night with Janis Joplin (NAACP Theatre Award), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Other Place, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Hewes Nomination, OCC Nomination).

As Creative Director, Justin collaborated with Grammy-winning recording artist Drake, designing a 50'-tall replica of the top of the CN Tower for Drake's OvO Fest in Toronto. The two also paired up for 2017’s “Boy Meets World” European tour.

Off Broadway work includes Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, Here Lies Love,(Public, Drama Desk for HLL); Vietgone,(MTC); Pretty Filthy,(Civilians); Mr. Burns, a Post Electric Play,(Playwrights); Odyssey, A Winter’s Tale,(Publicworks); Venus at Signature Theater; Unnatural Acts,(Classic Stage Company, Lucille Lortel Award).

Justin received an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design in 2014. 

He is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College dedicated to affordable theatrical education and training.


— Ben Brantley, Here Lies Love

Justin Townsend Design LLC