LYT 2.0: The Belmar Installation

Feels like I was just here in Asbury Park not that long ago!

About a week after I got home from my last LYT Adventure, Doug called and asked if there were any chance that I could swing through the LYT Headquarters in NJ while I was in NYC for the Portfolio Review. How could I argue with an invitation to spend Memorial Day at the shore?

Once we had wrapped up NDPR, and Nevena and Chris had hit the road back to Knoxville, I hopped a train from Penn Station down to Asbury Park. My first night in town, we biked along the beach and through the shell of an old warehouse building. We listened to local music and chilled out a little before the work began.

This LYT Adventure was very exciting. For the first time, we were installing the wall in a yoga studio. In particular, in a yoga studio that is interested in converting one of their walls into a LYT Wall. 

In this one day event, we set up the frame, installed the lighting, did some interviews, tested some new equipment, and invited community yoga practitioners to come experience the effects of light and sound on their flow. For three hours, folks came in and did yoga, meditated, and generally existed in the room with our lights. It was a calming, connecting, and overall lovely experience. 

Then in the blink of an eye, we packed it all up, cleaned out the studio, ate some Korean Tacos, and I was on the plane to the next place. 

Syracuse, here I come!

National Design Portfolio Review

Hey everyone!

Pardon me for being a little behind, but here's the first of a couple updates on the travels so far!

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, I headed into New York City with forty or so other very talented designers for the National Design Portfolio Review!!

On Thursday morning I left my little car in Knoxville and carpooled my way up to New Jersey with Chris Pickart, head of scenic design at the University of Tennessee. We had a lovely time chatting all the way to our divey little hotel just outside of the state line where we met Nevena!

Friday morning we fueled up on diner food and headed to set up our portfolio stations. 

That evening we went to the Signature Theatre to see one of the final previews for Sweetee, a new musical currently running. It was fabulous! And we even ended up sitting behind Broadway legend, Harold Prince! (I think I might've accidentally kicked his chair).

Saturday was a busy day. We got in to the review at 8:30am and didn't leave until nearly 8:00pm. We saw old friends from UT, new friends from Arkansas, and a smattering of industry professionals. It was quite an adventure.

It was great to catch up with old friends and meet so many new faces. Even though I won't be moving to New York anytime soon, I am glad to know that I have friends the next time I pass through.

Next Stop: Asbury Park, NJ!

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.