Helmerich School of Drama alumnus wins Tony Award | New

At the recent Tony Awards, Natasha Katz won the Tony Award for Lighting Design for “MJ The Musical.”

Kirk Fitzgerald, a 2011 University of Oklahoma fine arts alumnus, served as Katz’s assistant lighting designer.

This is the second time Fitzgerald has worked on a lighting design team for a Tony Award-winning show. In 2018, he worked with Tyler Micoleau on the musical “The Band’s Visit”.

Fitzgerald’s work as an assistant lighting designer on Broadway productions includes “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Take Me Out”, “King Kong”, and “Pretty Woman: The Musical”.

On touring productions, Fitzgerald’s associated lighting design work includes “Pretty Woman: The Musical”, “Falsettos”, and “Elf”.

TV credits include lighting designer for two specials, “Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive” and “Demetri Martin: Live at the Time”.

“The Helmerich School of Drama faculty is extremely proud of Kirk’s career and his work with Natasha Katz on ‘MJ The Musical,'” said UO drama professor Jon Young. “Kirk is one of the most sought after Associate Lighting Designers and Assistant Lighting Designers working in the field.

“His success is a testament to his artistry, tenacity and attention to detail. We look forward to more amazing accomplishments from Kirk in the years to come.”

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university located in Normana. For more information, visit ou.edu.