Deanna Fitzgerald is a Lighting Designer and member of United Scenic Artists. Her lighting design credits include theatre, dance, opera, circus-themed, puppets, architectural lighting and more. She is a yoga and meditation teacher and conducts classes and workshops focused on using these and other "quietive" practices to aid in the creative process. Deanna the author of The Heart of Light, a primer for a life and career in lighting, to be published by Routledge in late January of 2022.
At the University of Arizona, she is a Professor and now the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs of the College of Fine Arts. Prior to that, she was Associate Director of the School and the Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Theatre, Film and Television, where she has been responsible for the MFA and BFA Lighting Design and Technology area since 2008. Deanna recently served for a year as the Interim co-Director of the School (with the Film & TV Associate Director) and she was the Acting, then Interim Associate Director of the Fred Fox School of Music. Deanna serves on the Western Region Exam Committee of United Scenic Artist Local 829 and the Boards of Directors for URTA (University Resident Theatre Association) and USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology). 

National/international design highlights include the world premiere STOMP OUT LOUD, the Las Vegas incarnation of the internationally acclaimed STOMP; Cirque Mechanics: Boom Town, which toured for 2 years with an off-Broadway appearance at The New Victory Theatre; and the North American tour of Australian  children's show Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo which had an extended run in Toronto. Locally, she designs regularly for the nationally acclaimed Rogue Theatre.

Other design credits include the San Francisco Opera's Merola and Coconut Grove Playhouse's Young Artist programs, as well as numerous original dance designs for choreographers such as Deborah Hay, Ben Levy and Andy Vaca. Other production credits include 6 years as the Lighting Director on the International Tour of STOMP; Production Director of the Opera Theater Music Festival in Lucca, Italy; Lighting Supervisor/Assistant Lighting Designer at the Santa Fe Opera; Lighting and Tour Consultant for the Original Broadway Cast tours of the Greater Tuna trilogy and Assistant Lighting Designer at the Cincinnati Ballet.

Recently in the News:

“Meditate on This: Contemplative Practices for Designers, Technicians, and other Theatre Professionals”; TDT (Theatre Design and Technology) Winter 2017.
"The Lighting Design Process Project"; Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design: A Compendium, Volume 2.  2016.
"The Lighting Self-Portrait"; Practical Projects for Teaching Lighting Design: A Compendium, Volume 2.  2016.
“Leaving West Virginia (W=V x A); Responsible Stage Electrics for Educators and Early Career Technicians”; TDT(Theatre Design and Technology) 2013.
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