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Violet Smith is a Los Angeles based Lighting Designer originally from North Chicago, Illinois.


Her practice focuses on living a creative life. She believes lighting design is watercolor painting in a 3D space. While Lighting Design leads the way for this creativity, she works to cultivate a space where her artistry can move beyond the stage and into her everyday life.


Lighting Design and Assistant work includes theatrical productions (CalArts, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Cardinal Stage Company, A Red Orchid Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Drury Lane) and events (NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, FFA National Convention, ASAE National Convention). She’s spent the past two years exploring virtual reality design (To Remember A Friend, Unbecoming). She is interested in mixed media art and her next cup of coffee.

Violet Smith holds a B.A in Lighting Design from Ball State University and will complete her M.F.A in Lighting Design from The California Institute of the Arts in 2023.



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