Anne Militello, IALD, IESNA, United Scenic Artists, Local 829

Principal and Founder of Vortex Lighting, Inc.

Ms. Militello is a renown architectural and theater lighting designer and fine artist with a career spanning all aspects of creating with light. Her lighting  career began on the music and theater stages of New York City and eventually to architectural lighting out of the studios of Vortex Lighting in Los Angeles, which she founded in 1996.

She relocated to Los Angeles for a five year residency with Walt Disney Imagineering, where she designed lighting for parks and attractions. Here she learned the practice of blending theatrical and architectural lighting to create total environments. Her years of experience in the theater, combined with the time at Imagineering has led to her to perfect the skill of creating environments with light that stand the test of time. Her versatility in design and a passion for light has taken her around the world, lighting a wide array of challenging projects, resulting in critical acclaim and recognition.

She is an internationally renown lecturer on the subject of light, it’s history, psychological effect and application. She has taught at Sci-Arc, the Mind Studio at Arts Center College of Design in Pasadena, and is currently a professor at California Institute of the Arts.

Her many awards in both architecture and theater include the prestigious Paul Waterbury Award of Distinction, The International Illumination Design Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society, the OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting for Off-Broadway  Theater, and Lighting Dimensions International “Themed Lighting Designer of the Year,” among others.

Her latest creation “Light Cycles”  for the World Financial Center in New York received “Pick of the Week” for art destinations from Time Out New York. Her work in theater has been seen on Broadway, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, The Canadian Opera House, The White House and throughout many stages in the United States and Europe. For the concert stage, she has designed concert tours for Tom Waits, Robert Plant, Leonard Cohen, KD Lang, Lou Reed, The Decemberists and Pearl Jam, among others.

She has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine and book publications, including a profile of her life and work in the New York Times,  and was featured in a BBC documentary “Interesting People – Interesting Jobs.” To see her theatrical portfolio, please visit


Jonathan Lebovic, IESNA

Lighting Designer/Project Manager

Jonathan was recognized as an Emerging Lighting Design Professional by the IALD in 2014. His passion for lighting design found itself formed as a nexus between the arts and sciences. With a strong background in physics and a love for the theater, his deep understanding of the impact of composition, light and dark, and their emotional and psychological impact were forged in the professional theater.

His skill with AGI32 and 3-D Autocad, along with a keen understanding of California Title 24 helps to keep designs within local codes and illumination standards. This helps clients to get the full picture of the purpose and placement of lighting through 3-D visualizations while accurately demonstrating lighting concentration and contrast.

As Project Manager, Jonathan works in close coordination with our clients to ensure that our designs and processes are to our highest standards. He ensures that every project runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Through close client interfacing and hands on coordination, every project is treated as a priority.

He is also responsible for our in-house systems integration, where he uses his extensive experience with DMX and various other protocols to engineer complex control systems – everything from a single room to multi building complexes with customized control integration and programming. Through hand-on client interaction and coordination, Jonathan builds the systems that allow our clients an ease of use that makes the modern complex lighting system seem to disappear.


Jonathan Williams, Art Directors Guild, Local 800

Digital Artist, 3-D Renderer

Jonathan Williams is a digital artist and painter who creates high quality detailed renderings and animations for presentations and visualizations. His 10 year involvement with Vortex Lighting has been invaluable in helping clients to understand the design intent of the lighting designers. His expert abilities allow client to see a fully realistic lighting design before any construction begins.

Jonathan’s experience in the art world ranges from gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York, scenic painter for major motion pictures and the Academy Awards, and master mural painter for artists Frank Stella and Richard Haas. He is responsible for painting large scale murals in the Smithsonian and on buildings in New York, Dallas, Washington DC, Dallas, among others. 


Anne Braam, Office Administrator

More staff available upon request