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.

Her previous work has ranged from lead theatrical design ( The Great River Shakespeare Festival, Cardinal Stage Company, Emens Auditorium ) to theatrical assisting ( A Red Orchid Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Drury Lane, The Mercury ) to installation ( Chicago Scenic Studios )  to event work ( NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, FFA National Convention, ASAE National Convention ) and she’s spent the past year dabbling in virtual reality design ( To Remember A Friend ). 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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