Biography


KEN YUNKER, Lighting Designer

member United Scenic Artists #829


Mr. Yunker is resident lighting designer for the Sarasota Opera Association for his twelfth season and has been a principal designer for the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre Company since 2004 (including world premiers of Troubadore, Tiger Style!, Native Guard, The Geller Girls, What I Learned in Paris, Bluish, Day of Kings and Leap).  Mr. Yunker has designed more than 600 productions in his 35+ year career, including over 59 productions for the Sarasota Opera, which just became the only American opera company to perform every note ever written by Verdi. Previous to Sarasota, Mr. Yunker served as resident designer for The Atlanta Opera for 25 years and over 50 productions (Der Fliegende Hollander, the Basil Twist Hansel and Gretel, Turandot, Aida, Eugene Onegin, Der Rosenkavalier, Porgy & Bess and Fidelio). National opera credits include Florida Grand Opera, Bermuda Arts Festival, Utah Symphony and Opera, Tulsa Opera, Fort Worth Opera, San Antonio Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Arizona Opera, Nevada Opera Theatre, Mobile Opera, and North Carolina Opera to name a few. Other theatre credits in Atlanta include Georgia Shakespeare, Theatre in the Square, True Colors, Theatrical Outfit, Georgia Ensemble, Atlanta Lyric, Ballethnic Dance Company, Rotaru Ballet, Brenau University, Georgia State University, Clayton State University, Emory University and Florida State University.  Regional awards include the Suzie Bass award for The Geller Girls, Avenue X with nominations for August: Osage County, Into The Woods, Rejoice and The Persians; an Abbey Artist of the Year nomination; a Creative Loafing lighting feature in Best of Atlanta; and Theatre in the Square Jenny Awards-7 total for Best Lighting.


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