"A room is like a stage. If you see it without lighting, it can be the coldest place in the world." - Paul Lynde

Welcome! My name is Trey Brazeal and I am a recent graduate from the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University with my Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design. I am currently based in Chicago, IL. Some of my favorite works in the recent past include Guys and Dolls and The Illusion at ISU and designing the lights for the Fall 2019 University High School Orchesis dance concert.

To me, lighting design is a subtle, metaphorical paint brush on which the whole stage is the canvas. With that brush I can shift moods, tell time, and create the hottest of sunny days or the coldest of winter nights. Lighting, along with all the other design elements, in collaboration, helps to create a magical world that, while temporary, leaves behind an emotional impact that can leave a lasting impression on those willing to suspend their disbelief.

A significant goal in my life is to one day be able to use my brush to paint the stages of Broadway. To grab a Tony Award in lighting for the future black Lighting Designers all across America. It is time that BIPOC artists were seen and heard within the artistic community and I cannot wait to be a part of that change.

If you would like to know how you can be a part of the change to make North American theatre more equitable, go to www.design-action.com and read the Activating Design Actions 5 Guiding Principles.