Shawn K. Kaufman

Shawn Kaufman (he/him) is an Emmy-nominated Lighting Designer with over 20 years of international experience in television, fashion, special events, theatre, opera, experiential and ephemeral design.

Shawn is currently lighting director at the Drew Barrymore show for CBS and has worked as Lighting Designer for the Harry Connick Jr TV show where he received an Emmy nomination. Recent projects include MTV YO! RAPS, Netflix Playlist: The Harder They Fall featuring the Roots, Louis Vuitton LV200 installation in NY. 

Shawn has worked at Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera with productions in New York and Hong Kong, Michigan Opera Theatre, Tulsa Opera, Portland Opera, as well as others. 

Fashion includes Tom Ford, Zimmermann, Christian Siriano, Porsche, Tag Heuer, Zac Posen, Marchesa, Greg Lauren, Isabel Marant, Céline, Givenchy, Chloe, Public School and many others.

Events for Womens Wear Daily, Vogue Magazine, MTV, CBS, Phillips Auction House, Tiffany, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Rockefeller Center, Estee Lauder, Kohl’s, Armani Exchange, St. John, Bombardier, Target, GQ, Hermes, Y3, The Elder Statesman, Microsoft, Moncler, Halston, Macys, Lands End, the Gap, Zegna, Oxygen Network, Hugo Boss.

TV projects include Project Runway, the QVC Red Carpet Style Oscars show, The Face Finale, Wendy Williams (Fox Network), The Apprentice Martha Stewart, Martha Live and Rachael Ray Live.

Projects have included events throughout the United States as well as projects in London, Paris, Turkey, Spain, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Germany. 

Member of IATSE USA 829 and IATSE ICG600. 

Shawn is College Faculty, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, Lighting Design, at Manhattan School of Music.

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