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“It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people, without possessing genius, have a remarkable power of stimulating it.”

― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Erica Lauren Maholmes is a designer, assistant, and technician for live theatre and dance. She has worked for Cleveland Play House (Lighting Apprentice), Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Master Electrician), 2022 National High School Institute - Cherubs (Assistant Master Electrician), and Longwood Gardens (Performance Technician). She was a participating Lighting Designer (Group 22 -Harvest) as part of the 2021 Collaborations of Merritt presented by The Michael Merritt Awards. She has been featured on the ETC Connect et cetera blog. Her design portfolio has been displayed internationally at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial as part of the Emergence Portfolio Library. She was a Design Wing Fellow for the 2022 Great Plains Theater Conference in Omaha, Nebraska offering a design perspective in a New Play Lab format. She served as an Artist and a Midwife in Term 5 of The Midwives Artistic Collective, is an Artistic Board Member of Cats Cradle Theatre.
She is an alumni of the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, West Chester University (BA), and Illinois State University (MFA). She is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829 and Black Theatre Network.
From 2021 to 2023, Erica has proudly served on the Executive Board of Design Action, an inter-generational coalition of BIPOC and white designers working to end racial inequities in the North American Theater. She currently serves on Design Action's Advisory Council.

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