Graduation

A big adventure indeed.

Now that everything has started to gel into place (and by gel into place, I mean: land haphazardly in the boxes strewn about my apartment waiting for the moving truck this weekend), I wanted to share one of my biggest adventures to date: Graduation.

On May 11, 2017, we celebrated the closing of a chapter and the beginning of the next. We walked across our personal finish lines. Three years of learning how to push ourselves to our limits (and past it), how to see the world from a different angle, how to analyze and synthesize a visual picture that creates and enhances a story. How to stay up too late and get up too early. How to succeed. How to fail. And how to find success in the failures. 

I've literally scaled mountains and come down the other side a more observant, more artistic, more present person. Already, transitioning from homework to work-work has shown me that I've grown a lot in the last three years. I know so much more now, and I know much more clearly how much I don't know. 

A special thanks to the University of Tennessee, the Theatre Department, and the Clarence Brown Theatre. wouldn't be the same without you. 

 

LYT Box

In July of last year, I received a phone call from my mentor, Kenton Yeager, offering me the opportunity to help create immersive, chromatherapeutic, touring yoga events. 

Who says no to that?

Last November, LYT Events launched at Porta in Asbury Park with our first yoga experience. 

This past winter with the help of the lighting team from the University of Tennessee, we were able to do a few tests on the next phase of LYT: the LYT Box. 

The culmination of this testing occurred this week. I flew up to Asbury Park, NJ on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, a selection of interested partners stopped by our rented garage space to see what the box could do. Thursday at 12:30pm, we had a very mellow and centering yoga class followed by an immediate strike and race to the train so I could fly back to Knoxville that night. What a whirlwind. 

Here is a selection of photos that I took over the three day span. Our professional video and photography team will have more photos that I can share with you soon. 

Until the next adventure!
Maranda

WSD 2017

Hey y'all,

I have been selected as one of fifteen lighting designers worldwide to present my work as an Emerging Designer at the World Stage Design Expo 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan from July 1 until July 10, 2017. I will be exhibiting my lighting design for A Lesson Before Dying at the Clarence Brown Theatre. 

A Lesson Before Dying throws focus to contemporary issues such as racial injustices in the American Judicial System, the inadequacy of rural education, community, heritage, and identity. I am thrilled to be able to present this work and its message to an international audience. 

At the beginning of April I began collecting funds to help offset the cost of travel, lodging, board, and exhibition supplies for this trip. The University of Tennessee offered me the opportunity to crowd-source funding using their donation platform, VolStarter. As of April 28, 2017, my project has been fully funded. Thank you to all of you who helped me reach my goal. I cannot wait to share my trip with you. 

Through this blog I plan to keep you all up to date on the latest phases of my exhibition. From conception to implementation, the arrival and the departure, you will be able to find updates here. 

Until next time,

Maranda

Welcome

Hello all,

Thank you for your interest in my travel and design work. This blog will keep you updated on my adventures as a freelance lighting and projection designer.