About Phil Monat

Architectural, Corporate and Theatrical Lighting Designer and Consultant


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Phil Monat has been active in many areas of the lighting design profession for over 35 years. His theatrical work has been seen all over the world, while his architectural projects can be found throughout the United States. In theatre, his Broadway work includes “Sly Fox” starring Richard Dreyfuss, the first revival of “Finian’s Rainbow”,  “Sally Marr and Her Escorts”, and “Three From Brooklyn”.  A few of his many Off-Broadway credits include: “Woman Before A Glass” (Obie Award), “Adult Entertainment”, ”Berlin To Broadway With Kurt Weill”, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah”, “If It Were Easy”, “Visiting Mr. Green”, “Mere Mortals”, “Robbers”, ”The Springhill Singing Disaster”, “Political Animal”, “The Boys In The Band”, “Three Tall Women”, “Camping With Henry & Tom” (1995 Lucille Lortel Award), “The Compleat Works of Wllm Shakspr (Abridged)”, ”The World Goes Round With Kander & Ebb”, “Fortune’s Fools”, “Godspell”, “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill”,  and “Goblin Market” (Drama Desk Nomination). In the New York non- profit theatre, he has designed multiple shows at Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle Repertory Theatre, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, The WPA Theatre, Second Stage, The Vineyard Theatre, and the original The Hudson Guild and American Place Theatre, among others.

He has designed over 500 productions in Regional Theatre throughout the United States, with his work seen regularly at Seattle Rep, The Old Globe Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, Cincinnati Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, The Alliance Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cleveland Playhouse, The Milwaukee Rep, The Pioneer Theatre of Salt Lake, La Jolla Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, The Intiman Theatre, GeVa Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, The McCarter Theatre, The Alley Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Coconut Grove Playhouse, The Pasadena Playhouse, Delaware Theatre Center, Playmaker’s Repertory Theatre, Capitol Rep, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Goodspeed Opera, and The Dallas Theatre Center, among others. He has also worked with ballet (Joffrey & Ailey) and opera companies (Bronx Opera and Opera Theater of Saint Louis).

Mr. Monat’s has also had the pleasure of designing in Europe (tours of ‘Sound Of Music”), on Television (multiple staged musical productions for Broadcast TV), Feature Film (Eddie Murphy in “Boomerang”), and many Industrial Productions, Special Events, UpFront Presentations and Press Events for corporations and organizations.

He is also active in Architectural Lighting & Consultation, having designed many projects of all sizes, both residential and commercial. Specializing in LED lighting and LEEDS certification, he has participated in buildings from high-end boutiques and up-scale restaurants to large commercial office designs, sports areas and renovations. His residential work is equally diverse, with homes ranging from brownstone to penthouse configurations, as well as several new homes in the Hampton’s, Scarsdale NY, and throughout the country.

He is a member of United Scenic Artist Local #829, and the International Alliances of Theatrical Stage Employees Local #690.  He has taught Lighting Design at Rutgers University, Webster College, Marymount Manhattan College, Arizona State University in Tempe, and Syracuse University.  He resides in New York City.

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