Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators 2012: Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer


Distinguished lighting designer Duane Schuler is a longtime associate of The Santa Fe Opera. Since his Santa Fe Opera debut with Madame Butterfly in 1996, Schuler has returned to work with the company on numerous occasions, and recently provided the lighting design for La Traviata, Alceste, and the world premiere of Moravec’s The Letter in 2009. For the 2013 Santa Fe season he is designing the revival of The Marriage of Figaro, a new production of La Donna Del Lago, and the revival of La Traviata.

Schuler has enjoyed a long relationship with the Lyric Opera of Chicago where he has designed more than 130 productions since 1977, and where his work was seen in a recent production of Lucia di Lammermoor and the revivals of Boris Godunov and Ariadne auf Naxos during the 2011-12 season. Additional recent highlights include the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Amelia at the Seattle Opera and Elektra at the Salzburg Festival. Schuler works regularly at the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Opera, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, and many other major companies in this country and abroad. In addition he is a founding partner in Schuler Shook, a theatrical and architectural lighting design consulting firm with offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dallas.

A native of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Schuler is a member of the U.S. Institute for Theater Technology, International Association of Lighting Designers, United Scenic Artists of America, and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.