Tanja Rühl is a freelance lighting designer and lighting supervisor.
She was born and resides in Germany.
In 1999 she began her theatrical engineering apprenticeship at Frankfurt Opera House.
After completion of the apprenticeship with distinction,Tanja joined Ballet Frankfurt under the artistic direction of William Forsythe in 2002as Assistant to the Lighting Supervisor.
She was then appointed Lighting Supervisor with the newly founded Forsythe Company in 2005.
In 2006 she completed her master of theatrical engineering majoring in lighting.
Since 2007 Tanja has been acting as the company's lighting designer,
mostly in cooperation with her mentor Forsythe and her colleague in the company’s lighting department.
Being a member of Forsythe Productions, Tanja acts as technical and design consultant,
collaborating with ballet and dance companies in matters of Forsythe license works.
Since 2014 she is working as a full time freelance lighting designer, with choreographers, companies and artists around the globe.
As a designer she is also still working with William Forsythe on his new works and
on recreations of his existing repertoire.
Productions she has created the original design for have been performed at
Opéra Garnier, Paris; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; Tate Modern, London;
Kawasaki Arts Center, Japan; Ruhrtriennale Jahrunderthalle, Bochum
and Taichung National Theater, Taiwan.