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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, 

 

 

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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. 

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