Maranda DeBusk is a graduate of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Lighting Design and Digital Media. Most recently from Greenville, SC, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from Furman University in 2013. Her recent work for the University of Tennessee includes the Lighting Designs for Around the World in 80 Days and A Lesson Before Dying, the Sound Design for The Busy Body, and the Projection Design for Violet. Other notable credits include the Lighting Designs for Glow Lyric Theatre’s Romeo et Juliette and West Side Story and Phoenix World Theatre’s Harvest, a touring production based out of Kochi, India; the Associate Lighting Designs for Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Ring of Fire at Riverside Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company; and the Projection Design for Higher Ground 5: Find a Way, a community performance initiative which addressed the disillusionment of Appalachian youth with the economic and political state of their region.
At the core of all her work is the belief in the power of the dramatic arts to create positive change in our communities. The greatest work is that which when let out into the world, improves it.