Meet The Artists Behind Our Upcoming Residency “Dancing with Aurora Borealis”

Brian Schneider

Brian was born and raised in New York City. He began his lighting career with his high school plays. Afterward, Brian worked in Off- Broadway theaters while attending Bard College, where he graduated with a BFA in Film.

Brian’s career is compiled of varied experience. He provided lighting for numerous theaters and museums, including the HERE Arts Center, Sotheby’s, Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, American Museum of Natural History, the National Civil Rights Museum, in Memphis, TN and the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC.

Upon moving to Lafayette, Louisiana in 2011, Brian accepted the position of Technical Director for the Acadiana Center for the Arts. In 2015 Brian started his own lighting design firm, Footcandle Lighting and Electric. As a licensed and bonded electrician, he can offer turn key solutions covering both design and installation. Now Brian is involved in several residential and landscape lighting projects. He loves working with the people of South Louisiana, and integrating Louisiana’s culture and point of view, with his personal style.

Kelly Clayton

Kelly Clayton moved home to Louisiana after 20 years living in New York City. Cypress trees, and swamps called to her in dreams; the kind of dreams one can smell and feel.

While in New York City, Kelly studied Sanford Meisner Technique with Ron Stetson, of The Neighborhood Playhouse. Served as Assistant Director for A Dead Man’s Apartment, by Edward Allen Baker, a one act play, Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon.

Kelly’s poetry has been published by, among others: Future Cycle Press, Delacorte Press, and China Grove Press. She is a VONA/ Voices, Hedgebrook Alumnae, and was awarded the 2014 Hedgebrook Women Authoring Change Award.

Kelly teaches poetry and creative writing workshops in Louisiana public and private schools, as well as to homeschoolers. She creates and facilitates writing classes for The Lafayette Juvenile Detention Center, and to groups of recently incarcerated adults.

Learn More About Their Upcoming Residency: Dancing with Aurora Borealis

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