Marie Shakespeare is a lighting designer for theatrical productions and architectural projects based in Bloomington, Indiana. She teaches lighting design courses in The Indiana University Interior Design Department and has also taught in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. Among more than 20 productions designed for The Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, IN, her lighting credits include “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”, “The Woman in Black”, “Dames at Sea”, “I’m Not Rappaport” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged”.
Through Shakespeare Lighting Design LLC, she co-designs innovative lighting environments for theater, dance, galleries, residences, stores, restaurants and houses of worship. Recent local projects include redesigning St. Thomas Lutheran Church’s sanctuary with all LED luminaries, creating a brighter and more evocatively illuminated worship space that uses only 10% of the energy consumed by its old system.
Prof. Shakespeare earned her undergraduate degree in theatre at California State University, Fresno and completed her MFA in lighting design at California State University, Fullerton. In addition to Indiana University, she has taught at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts.
Marie is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.