Michelle Habeck's freelance career as a lighting designer has been seen at many of the nation's leading regional theatres including The Steppenwolf, The Goodman, The Alliance Theatre Company, Centerstage (Baltimore), The Court Theatre, Writer's Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company and many others.
Habeck has worked as an associate and lighting designer to Tony Award-winning designer Donald Holder on numerous Broadway projects including The Boy From Oz, Movin' Out, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedley II and the pre-Broadway productions of The Little Shop of Horrors and Gem of the Ocean. Her museum collaborations with Mr. Holder includes Julie Taymor, Playing with Fire, an acclaimed touring museum exhibit of Ms. Taymor's early to present works and The Earth Center Gallery in Doncaster, England.
Habeck was the recipient of the prestigious NEA/TCG Career Development Grant for Design 2002-2004. This award afforded her the opportunity for intensive observation with Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Company at the 2004 Sundance Theatre Lab and Anne Bogart with the Siti Company on the production of La Dispute. Other opportunities included observation of The Theatre De La Jeune Lune on their production of The Miser and co-designing lights for The Builders Association on their production of Avanti.
Habeck holds an M.F.A. in lighting and Scenic Design from Northwestern University.