Jean Rosenthal

Lighting Designer

History of Jean Rosenthal

Jean Rosenthal to Romanian-Jewish immigrants in March 16, 1912, New York City, NY, and died May 1, 1969. Jean established her education at Yale University, and won the award for Outer Critics Circle Award for Other Awards. Rosenthal began her career as a lighting designer at a time when masculinist traditions in western theatre were rarely challenged successfully

Lighting legend

Rosenthal is famous for lighting illusions as seen in the third photo. She made it seem like the man is floating with just lights

Rosenthal also won her first award at Yale University(Henrietta Lord Memorial Award). Her parents, who emigrated from Romania in the 1880s, were both children of Jewish tailors. An unconventional family for the time, both parents worked as medical doctors, her father as an ear, nose, and throat specialist, her mother, as a psychiatrist.

Rosenthal did the stage lighting for a number of well-known Broadway plays and musicals, such as West Side Story (1957), Becket (1960), Hello, Dolly! (1964), Hamlet (1964), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), The Odd Couple(1965), and Cabaret (1966). In the last weeks of her life, suffering from cancer and confined to a wheelchair, Rosenthal designed the lighting for her final Graham piece. Until her death in New York City, on May l, 1969, Rosenthal lived a “lifetime in light.”