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Chris Akerlind of Opera Theatre of St. Louis wins Tony for lighting design

Jun 12, 2017

A St. Louis theater professional took home a Tony Award Sunday night.

Chris Akerlind, resident lighting designer for Opera Theatre of St. Louis, won the Tony for Best Lighting Design of a Play for his work in the Broadway show, “Indecent!”

Akerlind has been with Opera Theatre since the early 1990s. This is his second Tony Award. In 2005, he won in the same category for “A Light in the Piazza.”

Watch Akerlind's acceptance speech for last night’s Tony (story continues, below.)

A former Opera Theatre designer also won a Tony last night. Jane Greenwood, known for her work with the local company a decade ago, last night received the award for Best Costume Design of a Play for Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes.”

In 2014, Greenwood received a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award for her body of work.

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