About Chris Bocchiaro

Chris is a Boston-based lighting designer with a passion for movement theatre, opera, and the synthesis of old and new technologies. Chris approaches each project as a unique emotional arc to be explored, and he strives to capture that arc through light.

Chris has recently designed for Apollinaire Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Hub Theatre Company, the Lyric Stage, Boston Opera Collaborative where he is a resident designer, and imaginary beasts – an award-winning movement theatre troupe where he is an artistic associate.

In parallel, Chris is the Northeast specification sales lead for Signify where he works closely with lighting designers, architects, building owners, and sales agents throughout the northeast in the specification of luminaires and control systems. He specializes in dynamic lighting systems for facades, infrastructure, and public art. Major projects include: One Vanderbilt, Madison Square Garden, Trinity Centre, One Penn Plaza, New York Life, JP Morgan Chase, Kosciusko Bridge, Manhattan Municipal Building, and New York Harbor Lights.

Chris was the winner of the 2013 IRNE award for Best Lighting Design for imaginary beasts’ production of Hairy Tales.

 

Chris holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Emerson College where he graduated with honors. While there, he studied all disciplines of design and production as well as directing and dramatic history and criticism. His culminating honors thesis explored spatial relationships within the theatre.

 

Chris resides in historic Salem, Massachusetts with his wife Robin and enjoys trips to the woods, choral singing, and historic architecture.  

Clerestory Light // Chris Bocchiaro in the News

The Berkshire Eagle, Oct 22, 2020: "The Mount announces 'NightWood' - an outdoor sound and light experience"

The Morning Show on WJOP with Mary Jacobsen, Jul 30, 2020: "Susan Harvey" (Chris interviewed about Castle Hill Illuminated)

Founded in 2011 as Design by Chris Bocchiaro, Clerestory Light has provided lighting and sound design services to scores of live productions including theatre, opera, and dance throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Specializing in site-specific installations, Clerestory Light, has transformed churches, ballrooms, parks, and historic sites into theatrical environments.

In 2016, Clerestory Light expanded its scope to include lighting public art installations and outdoor immersive environments. In 2020, Clerestory Light evolved to offer full turnkey design and implementation services, bringing to bear a decade of relationships in the theatre, events, and fabrication industries.