Jennifer Tipton is well known for her work as a lighting designer in dance, theater, and opera. She came for her residency in 1997, and gave an Eye of the Beholder lecturer titled Light and the Mind's Eye, in which she discussed her work as a designer, mused on light as an expressive medium, and marveled at the special qualities of light at the Gardner Museum.
Jennifer Tipton has served as a professor of lighting design at the Yale School of Drama since 1994. Her many honors include two Tony Awards for Best Lighting Design of a Play (in 1977 for The Cherry Orchard and in 1989 for Jerome Robbins’s Broadway). In 2001, Tipton was awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. In 2008 she was named a United States Artist "Gracie" Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow. Most recently, Tipton designed the lighting for the Broadway revival of A Doll’s House (2017) and To Kill a Mockingbird (2018).