Carnegie Mellon School of Drama is pleased to announce that Robert A. Dickinson has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts. Dickinson is one of the most celebrated and respected lighting designers in the entertainment industry.
Dickinson's career has spanned 30 years and has earned him numerous awards including 14 Emmy Awards. With more than 1,000 on-screen credits, some career highlights include the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Other credits include the annual broadcast of the Tony, Grammy, Emmy, Daytime Emmy and 21 Academy Award broadcasts, the 1997 Presidential Inaugural Gala, the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Democratic Conventions, EuroDisney's Grand Opening and the yearly broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors. Dickinson has also supplied lighting design for numerous television music specials for such talent as the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Nsync, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John and Barbra Streisand.
Dickinson is also committed to the professional development of students in the School of Drama, coming to Carnegie Mellon each year to teach workshops on lighting for television and live entertainment events.