Carolina Ortiz Herrera

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MFA in Design
Yale School of Drama

B.A in Theatre
University of California


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I am a New York-based lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance. 

I tell stories through light to elevate the human experience to a universal language illuminating the complexity of our stories. In enigmatic and subtle ways, light manifests a dynamic language: visual, sculptural, emotional, and musical. Light is a living force transporting an audience to “stand at the threshold” where a new understanding of our collective experience is revealed. As a designer, I seek to transcend the ordinary presence of light to a level of universal connection.

As a Mexican immigrant, my artistic journey in the United States has been greatly influenced by the desire to disrupt the artificial constructs of my identity. Living at the intersection of two cultures is a constant source of resilience, adaptability, and change. This journey inspires my vision to create engaging, inclusive theatre showcasing the chorus of human voices on stage.

I am the lighting director and lighting designer for Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, and I have worked as a lighting supervisor for the Santa Fe Opera during three seasons.

I am an organizing member of La Gente Network: The Latinx Theatre Design Network, a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design, and United Scenic Artists Local 829.

4000 Miles  by Amy Herzog. Directed by David Kennedy.
Westport Country Playhouse. August 2022.

I as Another created and performed by Miguel Gutierrez. World Premiere. Bates Dance Festival. August 2022. 

Hedda Gabler & Winter’s Tale by Ibsen and Shakespeare. Directed by Eric Tucker. Bedlam in Repertory. Irondale Center. October 2022.

Everything Rises created by Jennifer Koh & Davóne Tines. Composed by Ken Ueno. Directed by Alexander Gedeon. BAM, NY Premiere. October 2022.

Macbeth by Shakespeare. Adapted by Lee Sunday Evans. Directed by Rosa Joshi. Merrimack Repertory Theatre. October 2022.

Sanctuary City by Martyna Majok. Directed by Adrian Giurgea. Colgate University. November 2022.

The Railroad Children  novel by Edith Nesbit. Adapted by Carol Dunne and Eric Love. Northern Stage. November 2022.