Podcast Episode 106 – Six Time-Tony Award Winning Lighting Designer, Natasha Katz

Natasha Katz won her 6th Tony this past season for A Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

And when she gave her speech, beaming brighter than a Vari-Lite VL3000, you’d have thought it was her very first time.

I don’t know tons about lighting, but I do know when someone truly loves what they’re doing.

Natasha is one of the industry’s leading ‘painters of light’ (and not the Thomas Kinkade type).  She’s a true artist and has applied her electric brushes to like, 50 shows, including An American in Paris, Motown, School of Rock, A Chorus Line, a whole bunch of Disney shows, and the very first show I worked on, My Fair Lady.  

Listen to Natasha enlighten us all with her thoughts on design and the theater including:

  • How a simple internship unexpectedly lit the way to her career.
  • What she writes in scripts when she reads them for the first time.
  • Why she and all lighting designers have to be chameleons.
  • The difference between working for a corporation like Disney and an independent Producer like, oh, I don’t know . . . me.
  • What Producers and Authors need to know before hiring a designer.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Natasha a few times (including on Altar Boyz), and not only does she light the @#$% out of shows, she’s always just such a joy to be around.  Tune into this podcast, and you’ll not only want to work with her, you’ll just want to hang out with her too.

Click here to listen.

Listen to it on iTunes here.  (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

Sorry about the sound issues in this podcast. We found the bug and fixed it in later episodes. It gets better, I promise 🙂


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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.