Lighting Desginer



Susan has designed the lighting for Urban Bush Women for over 14 years and has worked with such notable artists as Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Craig Harris, Lucinda Childs, Mark Rucker and Mark Morris. Other notable dance companies she has designed for include Bessie winner Nora Chipaumire, Troika Ranch, Ellis Wood, Urban Tap and Alice Farley.

She has also designed Sunday In The Park With George, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, On The Town, A Child's Christmas in Wales, Little Shop Of Horrors, Suddenly Last Summer, The Great Highway, West Side Story, The Cryptogram, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and Waiting for Godot as well as many other plays and performance pieces.

Hamburger’s residential work can been seen in the book Majestic Metropolitan Living: Visionary Homes in the Heart of Cities. Other residential/commercial projects include a Soho Corporate Office, a Tribeca loft, a retail showroom and a flexible use television interview studio for a New York not-for profit.

She has also been published in Real Simple magazine and on the Rosco Spectrum website.  Susan is an adjunct professor and the Supervisor of Dance Production at Tisch at New York University and received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.  


Every new production is a chance to learn something different about the world around me or about the people I collaborate with.  It is exciting when that magical spark starts to happen between artists and everyone comes together on a design. These creative relationships, that have evolved over years of working together with the same director or choreographer, are some of the most satisfying collaborations I have ever experienced.

Lighting design is about helping tell the story.  Lighting designers show the audience where to look, but we also help frame the story emotionally and help give a sense of time or place. We make paintings with light to support and enhance every production.