Born in London, Alan Burrett has worked throughout the UK and Europe designing productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theater, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Munich Opera and the Burgtheater Vienna.

He lit large-scale arena productions of Carmen and Tosca in England, Germany, Australia and Japan. He also lit the complete works of Beckett for the Gate Theatre in Dublin, New York and London, as well as a U.S concert tour by Duran Duran. In 1995 he began a long collaboration with LA Opera, where he has designed 36 productions to date. Currently based in Los Angeles, Alan Burrett continues to work as a freelance lighting designer for companies in the United States and abroad. His productions have received critical acclaim and international awards. In 2008 he was appointed professor at the University of California San Diego where he heads the lighting design program. (