Robert Hill, ASTC

Rob joined Auerbach Pollock Friedlander’s San Francisco office in 2006 and in his 13 years with the firm he has served as project manager, senior consultant, designer and San Francisco office studio manager.  In 2017 Rob was named a Principal of the firm.  For the past seven years he has acted as Project Manager and Principal-in-Charge for some of the firm’s most significant projects in China.

Rob brings more than fifteen years of technical theatre and theatrical lighting design experience to the firm, including work on more than 100 operas in the United States. Prior to joining Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Rob was lighting director at the San Francisco Opera, the second largest opera company in the United States.  He was responsible for all aspects of lighting production including day-to-day operations, budget and staff management as well as projection and special effects supervision.  He also assisted in the lighting and theatre renovations of the War Memorial Opera House.

Previous experience also includes lighting supervision for productions for the Houston Grand Opera, the Alley Theatre in Houston, SFJAZZ in San Francisco as well as themed rides at MCA/Universal in Wakayam, Japan for the Ruzika Company, and themed rides for Sanrio Puroland outside of Tokyo, Japan with Landmark Entertainment. As a lighting designer, Rob’s work in opera, dance, theatre, theme parks, and television, has been seen regionally, nationally and internationally including lighting design for Great Performances 30th Anniversary Celebration and Edward Albee’s National and Soviet tour of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” directed by Edward Albee.

Selected Project Experience
  • Agua Caliente Casino, The Show Concert Theatre, Rancho Mirage, California
  • Brigham Young University, BYU-Idaho Center Auditorium and HDTV Broadcast Center, Rexburg, Idaho
  • California State University, Northridge, Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Northridge, California
  • Campbell Union High School District, Campbell, California
  • Chula Vista High School, Chula Vista, California
  • Cirque du Soleil X Theatre, Hangzhou, China
  • Epic Systems Corporation, Epicenter, Verona, Wisconsin
  • Feather Falls Event Center, Oroville, California
  • Mandalay Bay, Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • MGM CityCenter, Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Musical Instruments Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Napa Valley College, Performing Arts Center, Napa, California
  • Palms Casino Resort, Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, California
  • Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, California
  • SAP Center at San Jose, formerly HP Pavilion at San Jose – On-Call Consulting, San Jose, California
  • SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco, California
  • Soka University of America, Performing Arts Center, Aliso Viejo, California
  • Southern Utah University, Adams Memorial Shakespearean Theatre, Cedar City, Utah
  • Sweetwater High School, San Diego, California
  • Table Mountain Casino Event Center, Friant, California
  • Trollwood Performing Arts School, Bluestem Center for the Arts, Moorhead, Minnesota
  • University of Texas, Permian Basin, Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, Midland, Texas
  • Xishuangbanna International Resort, The Dai Show Theatre, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Master Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois, Theatre Design with highest honors
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society Theatre Consultants
  • United Scenic Artists Local #829
  • IATSE, Local 482
Professional Activities
  • Creative Board Member for the Kaneko Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, 2006-Present