When the Black Eyed Peas perform at the Super Bowl XLV half-time show Feb. 6, Purchase College Professor David Grill will once again be in the television truck as a lighting director for one of the most watched shows in the country. FOX TV will broadcast the game and the audience is estimated to be 150 million viewers.
This is the first time Arlington, Texas is hosting the Super Bowl and the seventh time David Grill is serving as lighting director at a Super Bowl.
With a new album and a huge audience of young fans, the NFL expects the Grammy winning hip hop Black Eyed Peas to attract new and younger fans. They are the first non-rock act to perform on television’s biggest stage in seven years.
David Grill is an Adjunct Assistant Professor and a Coordinator of the Design/Technology Department at Purchase College. He has designed lighting for theatre, dance, opera, television, architectural projects and industrials which have taken him from the Great Wall of China to the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall.
Grill was nominated for a Chicago Midwest Emmy for Milwaukee Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, a daytime Emmy for the Opening Ceremonies of the Pan American Games Rio in 2007, and received a primetime Emmy for the Opening Ceremony Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
He has lit the national tour of “Sweet Charity,” “Cinderellabration” at the Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom Park and served as associate lighting designer for the musical “Who’s Tommy” which won Tony, Dora, and Olivier Awards for Best Lighting. He also provided lighting direction for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
His television credits include lighting designs for Super Bowls XLIV, XLI, XL, XXXII, XXXIII, XXXV half-time shows.