Bill Klages' Biography
Bill Klages has won 7 national Emmy Awards for television lighting design and has received 28 Emmy, Monitor and Ace awards and nominations.
In 2012, Bill was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, the only Lighting Designer to receive this honor. In 2015, he was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation's oldest technological research university.
He is best known for his success in lighting television's most celebrated entertainment specials, award shows, and large-scale events. Some production lighting design credits of particular significance include: Atlanta Olympic Games, The Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards, The Republican National Convention (Houston 1992, Philadelphia 2000, New York 2004, St. Paul 2008), L.A. Olympics Closing Ceremonies, The Statue of Liberty Celebration, The Country Music Awards, Denyce Graves Christmas from the National Cathedral, The Emmy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors.
He designed the lighting for the theatrical sequences for the feature film “Ray”, the life of performer Ray Charles. He also designed the lighting for the fight sequence for the Taylor Hackford feature "Love Ranch".
In 1995, Bill Klages formed New Klages Inc. expanding his consulting activities to television facilities design. Some recent design projects include the rigging and lighting for events at the Georgia Dome for the Atlanta Olympics Games; the Washington television bureau for Belo broadcast; television studios for WFAA, Dallas WGCL-TV, Atlanta, KMOV-TV, St. Louis, KING-TV in Seattle and others nationwide; broadcast lighting system for the Texas Cable News Network in Dallas; a broadcast level rigging and lighting system for Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego.
A project of particular interest was as Broadcast Lighting Consultant for the 21,000 seat Mormon Church’s Conference Center inaugurated in 2001. It is one of the largest and most complex fixed-audience (non-Arena) facility in North America.
He designed the broadcast lighting facilities and lighting design for Lakewood Church’s new 16,000 seat Sanctuary in Houston. This outstanding facility, a conversion of the Compaq Center, was completed in late 2008 with great success.
Bill was engaged as the Broadcast Lighting Consultant for the George W. Bush Presidential Library which opened on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 2013.
At the LDI (Lighting Dimensions) 2002 Convention held in Las Vegas, he was honored by receiving their “Lighting Designer of the Year” Award”.
In 2004 at the USITT (United States Institute of Theater Technology) convention, He received their “Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design, 2004”.
He has lectured and conducted seminars throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and has written many feature articles for trade and consumer publications.
Bill Klages is a licensed Professional Engineer, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University.
He is affiliated with the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Illuminating Engineering Society and the Entertainment Services & Technology Association (ESTA). He is a Director of Photography for the International Photographers Guild.