Founder and Director of Design
Roger Morgan is a pioneer in the world of theatre design consulting. He became interested in theatre architecture while a student at Carnegie Mellon University, and worked as an assistant to the legendary scenic designer Jo Mielziner who became the primary influence on his career. Roger is the Tony Award-winning lighting designer of over 200 plays on and off Broadway and in our country’s finest resident theatres. He founded Sachs Morgan Studio in 1976 to provide comprehensive theatre planning and design services to the performing arts community nationwide.
Studio projects have won national awards in the worlds of theatre and architecture: the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (AIA Award of Excellence in Interior Design); The Lyric Theatre on 42nd Street (USITT Honor Award); New World Stages in NYC (LUMEN Award for Architectural Lighting), the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood (Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award) and Temple Emmanu-El (IALD Award).
Mr. Morganâ€™s lighting designs include the Tony Award-winning DRACULA with Frank Langella (in which his partner Ann Sachs played the leading lady); Crucifer of Blood for which he won Tony and Drama Desk awards, and lighting in the current repertoire of Ballet Hispanico. Roger is co-author of Space for Dance, commissioned in the 1980s by the National Endowment for the Arts, on the design of dance facilities; it is now out of print and considered a classic in the architectural arena. He has been a keynote speaker at USITT, the organization that honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award (when he was in his 40â€™s), a guest speaker in the Architecture Department at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as at international theatre conferences in England, Italy, and Poland.
Mr. Morgan believes that the job of the Studio is to plan and design theatres that work for their owners, their patrons, and the theatre professionals that use them. And that Studio projects â€“ no matter their size â€“ must create environments that celebrate life’s rituals.
President and CEO 1992-2014
Worked as a professional actor from 1967 to 1992, before shifting her career to â€œthe business of show businessâ€, joining her husband, Tony Award winning lighting designer Roger Morgan, in Sachs Morgan Studio: Theatre Design Specialists. Studio projects and clients range from Broadway to Hollywood, from Disney to the Kennedy Center, and just about everything in between.
A graduate of Carnegie-Mellonâ€™s Drama Department, Ms. Sachs made her Broadway debut opposite Frank Langella in the Tony Award-winning DRACULA. She played dozens of leading roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in our country’s fine resident theatres in premieres of plays by Wendy Wasserstein, Jules Feiffer, Horton Foote, Gunter Grass and Eugene Ionesco. She is (still!) the voice of Princess Leia on the NPR Radio Series Star Wars, which has had a cult following for 35 years. In 1998 Ann joined the Women Presidents Organization (WPO), an international peer advisory organization for successful women business owners, and served as Chapter Chair of a WPO Manhattan group from 2002 to 2014. In 2009 she became certified as a professional facilitator of Peter Druckerâ€™s The Five Most Important Questions Self-Assessment Tool.
Ann’s newest venture is Theatrical IntelligenceÂ®, a process she developed that uses the theatrical production model to foster creativity in work and at home. Sheâ€™s currently writing a book on the subject. www.theatricalintelligence.com
Longtime members of the Ensemble Studio Theatre (Roger was a Founder in 1968, and Ann was Vice President of the Board from 2011 to 2015) the two were honored as Distinguished Members by EST at the theatre’s annual Gala in 2010. Ann was chosen by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in NYC, to receive their 2008 Lifetime Achievement Signature Award.
Ann Sachs and Roger Morgan have been personal and professional partners since 1970. They live in Manhattan, and are the parents of two grown children and two grandchildren.