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Abby Schlackman is a Philadelphia-based lighting designer and assistant lighting designer for live theatre. She is inspired by futuristic technology as well as earthly and emotionally rooted worlds. Abby loves to work on mechanically heavy productions and finds her own point of view through naturalistic and period work as well. Her vision of the world we live in now and where it is headed informs her perception of a piece. Because of this, world building and dramaturgy becomes critical with her collaborators. She strives to create an environment that is harmonious with other design elements and that the actors fully understand and can envision their characters living in.

In addition to being a designer, Abby has always had a teacher mind and works at Long Lake Camp for the Arts every summer as a designer as well as a mentor to campers with an interest in design. 

Abby is expected to graduate from The University of the Arts in May of 2019 with a degree in Theater Design and Technology with a focus in Lighting Design.

Current Inspirations:

James Turrell

Sarah Blood

Alex Da Corte

Desmond Is Amazing

Janet Echelman

Sasha Velour