Howell Binkley grew up in Winston-Salem and attended East Carolina University from 1974 to 1978 when he graduated. It was while he attended ECU that he decided to make "theatrical stage production" his career. He got his start working on ECU student dance productions. Since his graduation, Howell has become one of the top three lighting directors in the world.
Over his career, Binkley has won several major awards. He has won the Helen Hayes Award four times and won nominations at least 11 times. In 1993, alone, he received a Tony Award nomination, the Sir Lawrence Olivier Award, and the Canadian Dora Award for his work on "Kiss of the Spider Woman." In 2006, he won the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design in a musical for Jersey Boys.
Binkley has worked with many well-known Broadway figures, including the prolific directors Hal Prince and Des McAnuff. He is also a collaborator and co-founder of David Parsons' Parsons Dance Company. Binkley has worked on more than 60 productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theaters across the United States, Great Britain and Europe Binkley. He has worked at regional theaters in La Jolla & San Diego, California, at the Shakespeare Theatre, in Washington, DC, at the Old Globe Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, The Goodman Theatre, and Hartford Stage. Binkley is also co-founder of the Parsons Dance Company.
Binkley's characteristic style involves the use of heavy color, accented by clear and L201 hues. He frequently uses smoke or haze to accent scenes and for the use of cross focusing to make diamond effects. He has drawn inspiration from the work of Craig Miller and Tom Skelton's.
He has worked on the following plays & musicals:
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