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Nicholas Houfek (he / him) is a New York City–based lighting designer working in music, dance, and theater. In addition to Claire Chase’s Density 2036 project (at The Kitchen) select collaborations and engagements include International Contemporary Ensemble, Natalie Merchant, Maya Beiser, Ojai Music Festival, Silk Road Ensemble, Tyshawn Sorey’s Perle Noire directed by Peter SellarsMarc Neikrug’s A Song by Mahler, Anohni’s She Who Saw Beautiful Things at The KitchenSuzanne Farrin’s La Dolce Morte at The Metropolitan Museum of Art directed by Doug Fitch, George Lewis’s Soundlines featuring Steve Schick and directed by Jim Findlay at NYU Skirball, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In the Light of Air, Ash Fure’s The Force of Things at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and The 39 Steps at Olney Theatre Center. In addition to designing traditional lighting for live performance, Houfek has been developing a light organ software interface called the ColorSynth, which acts as an intermediate between a performer and their lighting. Additionally, he has designed for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, and Ian Spencer Bell Dance; is an ensemble member of the International Contemporary Ensemblel and is a member of USA829 and a graduate of Boston University.

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