Professor, Director of Design and Technology, Theatre Program Director
Phone: (518) 442-4200 or (518) 442-4210
Campus office: PAC 262/352
Areas of Expertise: Lighting Design and Technology, Stage and Production Management, Scenic and Production Technology, Issues of Diversity and Inclusion in the Performing Arts and Entertainment Industry
Affiliated Faculty: Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Andi Lyons is Professor of Theatrical Design and Technology, and the Resident Lighting Designer for the University at Albany's Theatre Program. She has designed lighting and/or scenery for well over one hundred major University productions since 1982, and served as the Department’s Technical Director and Production Supervisor until 1992. Professor Lyons teaches courses in Lighting Design, Lighting Technology, Scenic Technology, Technical Design, Theatrical Drafting, and Stage Management. She has received both the SUNY Chancellor's Award and the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University at Albany.
Andi is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) – the association for design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry. She currently serves on its Board of Directors as Vice-President for Members, Sections, and Chapters. She is also the Chair of the Caucus on Human Issues. Andi recently received the Joel E. Rubin Founder’s Award for outstanding and continued service to USITT. At the University at Albany, Professor Lyons has also received both the SUNY Chancellor's Award and the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Service.
Beyond designing the major productions on campus each year, Andi has been involved in freelance activities with many companies. Some of her favorites include Capital Repertory Theatre, Tri-Cities Opera, Stageworks/Hudson, Williamstown Theatre Festival, National LGBTQ Task Force, Adirondack Scenic, LaMaMa E.T.C., Des Moines Metro Opera, and WAM Theatre. Andi earned her MFA at Yale University’s School of Drama.