Artist Profile: Trina Wright


Lighting Designer (Quickies 17, June/July 2017)

 BIO: Trina Wright is a frequent Quickies collaborator. Her work is most often seen at Youth Theatre Northwest, where this season she lit Text and The Hundred Dresses and will soon begin Music Man and Go, Dog, Go!. She designed lights for Buttcracker and Buttcracker II, from the producers of Buttrock Suites, as well as Things You Can Do and Quickies 16 for Live Girls! When not at the theater, she can be found tutoring kindergarteners, singing with the Mägi Ensemble, and traipsing around with her family.

What was your favorite moment so far working on this piece?

Not a moment, but I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie that is simply a part of working on Quickies.

What has been your favorite design challenge while working on this piece?

Making Residual sufficiently creepy.

What’s the most interesting thing you have found on the street?

A star made of glued-down pennies on the sidewalk outside the door to Victrola on Beacon Ave.; however, my kids find small treasures on the street all the time, my favorite of which is probably a die of green with white dots.

If you could instantly find something today that you have lost in the past, what would it be?

My baby blanket, lost on a road trip between Kentucky and Virginia.

What future projects are you excited about working on?

My son is going to be in Music Man at Youth Theatre Northwest; I’m pretty excited that I get to light that production. Mägi Ensemble, a womens chamber choir I’m a part of, is gearing up to sing in 2018 for a series centennial celebrations for the Baltic countries and a tour to Talinn, Riga, and Vilnius.

Finish this sentence- “I love theater that…”

Exposes me to a new perspective on a subject I thought I knew well.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?

“Measure twice, cut once,”–my high school technical director

“Dabble–keep your fingers in all the colors”–my lighting professor

An awareness that people see the world differently from each other, so what kind of research do you do or how can you use your tools to get an audience to see the story the way you see it?

Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?

Looking forward to doing some camping.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share? (About Live Girls! Theater, Love, Life, Puppies, …really – anything at all?)