Nicholas Cernovitch studied painting, design and colour theory, as well as dance, theatre and photography. From 1954 to 1972, he worked in New York City, lighting dance for several artists, including Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, José Limón and Paul Taylor. During the same period, he designed lighting for numerous off-Broadway productions. In 1960, he received The Village Voice “Obie” Award. Since immigrating to Canada in 1973, Nicholas Cernovitch has done lighting designs for the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, Le Théâtre du Rideau Vert, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and several other prestigious companies.