Theatre Teaching Collaborative

A Consortium to Share Teaching Resources and Expertise

The TTC is a group of faculty friends representing most areas of theatre who seek to collaborate and create projects, assignments, and lectures to help one another and promote theatre education. Discussions have centered on the immediate future of theatre education and how we can encourage ourselves and our students to rethink how we work, create, and share. Our goals are to address how we can move forward safely and how we can maximize and share resources and expertise. 

Upcoming Webinars
Tips for Teaching Lighting Design

February 16th | 5:00 PM ET

This webinar panel is primarily designed to help those teachers that do not have a lot of experience in lighting design but need to teach a class or a class component in lighting design. We hope to give you an understanding of what might be most important and how to get that across to your students.

The panel will consist of five recently graduated MFA students in lighting who have all won top national awards in their graduation year. It will be moderated by Kenton Yeager who heads the lighting program at the University of Tennessee. Please join us for what we are sure will be an “illuminating” discussion.




Tori Mays

Tori Mays is currently the National Systems Draftsperson for Barbizon Lighting Company.  When she isn’t drafting or freelance designing, she is the VC of Programming for USITT’s Lighting Commission for the 2021 conference.  As an alum of the University of Arizona’s MFA Lighting Design graduate program, Tori is the 2018 USITT Barbizon Lighting Company Jonathan Resnick Award recipient, a 2017 ETC LDI Sponsorship Recipient, a Prague Quadrennial 2019 Student Common Design Project Exhibitor, and a 2019 Knights of Illumination LDI nominee for her lighting design for Spring Awakening.  To see her design portfolio, check out her website:

Jasmine Lesane

Jasmine Lesane is a Freelance Lighting Designer based in Los Angeles. As an inter-disciplinary designer, she works in Theatre, Dance, Film and Live Television. In addition to being a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, Jasmine has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2020 USITT Barbizon Lighting Company Jonathan Resnick Award, the 2019 Daryl Roth Lilly Award, and the 2018 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship. To see her vision and design work visit her website:

Naomi Gold

Naomi Gold is a Freelance Lighting Designer currently based out of Colorado and a 2020 M.F.A. graduate in Theatrical Lighting Design and Technology from Indiana University. She also holds a B.A. in Theatrical Lighting Design and Technology from the University of Northern Colorado – 2017. Naomi is an award-winning Lighting Designer, her awards include: 2020 SETC Serenbe Playhouse Ready to Design Award, 2020 SETC 1st place Graduate Lighting Design Award for her design for Big Fish and 2017 KCACTF National 2nd place and Regional 1st place Lighting Design winner for her design for Spring Awakening. Naomi’s resume and design portfolio can be viewed at

Miriah D. Borden

Miriah D. Borden is a Freelance Lighting Designer who is originally from Austin, Texas. She is currently in her second year as a Theatre Fellow at Shenandoah University. Miriah received her M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Texas State University in 2019. She also holds two B.F.A.s from Texas State University, Lighting Design in Theatre Design and Technology and Drawing in Art Studio, both received in 2012. Miriah is the 2019 SETC 1st place winner for Graduate Lighting Design for her design Cabaret. To view her designs please visit her website,

Maranda DeBusk

Maranda DeBusk is a freelance lighting and media designer based in Atlanta, GA. Select Regional Credits: The Heath (Lighting/Media; Warehouse Theatre), Matilda (Lighting/Media; Virginia Stage Company), Return to Sender (Media; Nashville Children’s Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Assoc. Lighting; Trinity Rep), and Sweeney Todd (Assoc. Lighting; Denver Center for the Performing Arts). DeBusk earned her MFA in Lighting Design and Digital Media from the University of Tennessee. Her teaching appointments include University of Tennessee, University of Georgia, and Converse College. She is the recipient of the John Spiegel Theatrical Artist Award (2017), the Barbizon Lighting Award (2017), and the Rising Star Award (2019). International Exhibitions: Emerging Artist, World Stage Design Expo 2017, Taipei, Taiwan; and Featured Emerging Artist, Prague Quadrennial 2019, Prague, Czech Republic. You can see her work at

Alice Trent

Alice Trent is a freelance lighting and projection designer.  With her MFA in Lighting and Digital Media Design from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, she’s designed extensively throughout the midwest and south. She’s worked as an assistant lighting designer at the Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Drama League, and Town Hall Arts Center of Denver. She has been honored to receive the 2019 Barbizon Lighting Company Jonathan Resnick Lighting Design Award and the 2019 SETC Spiegel Theatrical Artist Award. She placed 1st in the 2019 SETC Projection Design Competition for her work on King Charles III, and was a 2020 Gilbert Hemsley Internship Program Finalist. You can see her work at


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