Michael cunningham

is a New York City based lighting designer. Before moving back to New York City, he was the Assistant Technical Director at the Cleveland Play House (Recipient of the 2015 Regional Theater Tony Award). He as also served as the Technical Director for the Cleveland Public Theatre.

Previous design credits include, For Lyric Opera of Guatemala: L'elisir d'amore; For the Clairion Orchestra: The Magic Flute; For CPT: A Recipe para la vida; Johanna: Facing Forward; For Cleveland Dance Exchange: Top Ten, For Baldwin Wallace Conservatory: The Mikado, For the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival: The Secret Garden,  For Oberlin College Theater Department: God of Carnage; The New Electric Ballroom; Follow Me to Nellie's; for Oberlin Conservatory: The Music Shop; The Telephone; Strawberry Fields; Scholar, Monk, Snake; Too Many Sopranos, for Oberlin Dance Department: Compress/release, Dis|connect. Michael has worked in New York City for The Marymount School of Manhattan, Midtown International Theater Festival, NYU Experimental Theater, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Planet Connections Theater Festivity.

He is a resident designer for The Second Avenue Dance Company and the NYU Tisch Dance Department. Michael holds a BA in theatrical design and production from Oberlin college and is currently a MFA Candidate at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Design for Stage and Film.