Born into a family of theatre practicing people in The Hague in 1944, Joop Caboort joined Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) in 1965 as a junior electrician. He has been NDT’s technical director from 1970 to 1995. In 1970 he also became the company’s house lighting designer and has since designed some 600 works including ballets by Hans van Manen, Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato, Jennifer Muller, Louis Falco, Glen Tetley, Maurice Béjart, Nils Christe and others. Caboort has also worked in close collaboration with set designers Jean-Paul Vroom, Keso Dekker, William Katz, Walter Nobbe, Nadine Bayliss, John F. Macfarlane, Michael Simon, and many others. Caboort has worked in over 100 theatres and opera houses around the world, among them the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, l’Opéra de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. In 1995 Joop Caboort has started his own bureau for Lighting Design & Theater Consultancy and is since then working freelance. To complete his range of activities, Joop Caboort lectures at the Graphic Lyceum in Rotterdam on the subject theatre techniques.