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Joe Naftal

Joe Naftal is a New York City based freelance lighting designer and associate/assistant lighting designer. Holding a BFA in Lighting Design from UNC School of the Arts, his experience includes classical & contemporary plays, musicals, modern dance, ballet, and opera.  

Member: United Scenic Artists 829

Click here for Joe's Professional Resume

Click here for Joe's Teaching CV


"Exciting lighting by lighting designer, Joseph Naftal, and steamy projections of the wild banks of the Amazon while the boat chugs upstream (Patrick Angle), did much to situate and enliven the drama."
– Peter Peret, CVNV, Florencia en el Amazonas

"The UNC School of the Arts’ design and lighting department has outdone itself by creating a journey on the Amazon River into the interior of Brazil to the city of Manaus." – Lynn Felder, Winston-Salem Journal, Florencia en el Amazonas

Hobbies & Interests

  • Travel

  • Golden Retrievers

  • Cooking

  • Museums

  • Electric Cars

  • Photography

  • Charcuterie Boards

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