A B O U T R A C H E L
As a lighting designer, I believe I am also a storyteller. I believe there is great power in light when it truly supports the environment in which it exists. It is this unity and relationship that I strive for with each of my designs. With this in mind, I always begin my process by understanding what story I am telling and that it aligns with the ideas of my collaborators. I believe a production is most successful when everyone involved works closely together. It is just as important to listen to one’s colleagues or raise a question, as it is to provide an answer. After discussing what story we are telling, I ask myself how I should best communicate it with light. With a background in dance, I often imagine light as a performer on stage interacting with the other performers. However, I am drawn to light largely because of its natural ability to create environment, emotion, and movement. It’s exciting to me when the timing of the light initiates a performer’s movement or when the color,
intensity, and position support the spatial emotion. Whether I am portraying a large field on a beautiful day, a cold, lifeless void, an intimate ballad, or an energetic, nothing-else-matters sensation, it is my responsibility to use light to enhance the audiences’ perceptions and understanding of the performance.