Dante Smith


Dante was drawn to theatre and lighting at an early age when awestruck by a shadow puppetry performance. This moment cemented her trust in the power of storytelling to inspire imagination and encourage change. It is this passion, backed by a need to convert rage into positive action, that propelled her to create the Pandora's Box Project. She is a New York-based lighting and scenic designer whose recent work includes: Tender Napalm, Love in Transit (The Shop) Romeo & Juliet (Empirical Rogue, Resident Designer) Stabat Mater Fabulosa (Morningside Opera), In the Company of Jane Doe, Modern Dance for Beginners (Cake Productions). Other notable projects include: the first production of Tony Kushner's The Henry Box Brown Play, various monologues by Mike Daisey, and Umo Ensemble's Final Broadcast. She is an avid baseball fan (go Mariners!), and keeps a blog of her travel adventures at travelingforwork.tumblr.com. MFA, NYU/Tisch Department of Design for Stage and Film; BFA, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.