Miriam Nilofa Crowe: creating lighting, creating community, and the business of art

Miriam Crowe has been a lighting designer for nearly 20 years, and has worked at every level of the business, from the Fringe Festival to Broadway.  She is a founding member of Wingspace Theatrical Design, a design collective which promotes collaboration in and fosters larger conversations about design.  She also designs lighting for diverse musical acts, from Rosanne Cash to Lila Downs.  She is based in New York, but has traveled extensively throughout her career for musical and theatrical performances.

Many of the musical acts Miriam designs for do not tour with their own lighting package, so we discussed how she creates a consistent look for her artists while dealing with very different equipment from day to day.  We also discussed her work in theater, including her work on home/sick, an exceptional production from The Assembly.  We discussed her design process, as well as some of her recent work as a venue consultant, and got to talk about the business of design, the business of theater, and where to find inspiration.

Check out Miriam's full profile and info on the Wingspace Theatrical Design site.  Wingspace offers monthly salons at its space in Brooklyn – check their website to learn more, there is one scheduled for 11/16 which your host plans to attend.  Thanks for downloading and thanks for listening!