Al Crawford Biography

Al Crawford
Al has been the Lighting Director of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 1998. Now in his 15th season with the famed dance company, he has produced the lighting for Ailey in virtually every major theater, performing arts center and opera house on the planet having toured to 48 states and over 60 countries.
Al has had the opportunity to work directly with many important choreographers in the dance world including Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Matthew Rushing, George Faison, Christopher Huggins, Hope Boykin, Jeanguy Saintus and many others. He has designed 13 new works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and 9 for Ailey II. Additionally, he has been responsible for maintaining the lighting for the significant Ailey repertory designed by many of the top lighting designers in the industry.
A huge believer in cross genre design, Al founded Arc3design, a lighting design group dedicated to merging his theatrical aesthetic into all areas of art, architecture, dance, live music, theater, television, and live event production. Arc3design employs a team of talented designers and technical artists that support the creation and implementation of new projects worldwide.
Arc3design creates the lighting for over 100 projects annually. Recent and current projects include architectural installations at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, new ballets for Haiti’s Ayikodans, multiple State Dinners for The White House, Cedar Point's multimillion dollar light show Luminosity and The Donkey Show in Miami.
Al is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts. He also serves as a selection committee member of the Gilbert Helmsley Lighting Internship Programs at Lincoln Center. He has had the opportunity to speak to students at Universities around the country and at the United States Institute for Theater Technology Conference (USITT).  
Al is a graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts, a member of United Scenic Artists (Local 829) and The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (Local 635).