I am a creative technologist and lighting designer, with special interest in using technology and lighting to create unique storytelling experiences.  

I have a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in theatre lighting design from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where I specialized in lighting design for collaborative devised theatre making processes. This training has helped me to define my design methodology, putting research and development, dramaturgy, and cross collaboration between specialties at the core of my projects within and outside of the context of theatre.

After my undergraduate studies, I pursued a Masters in Architecture degree in Design for Performance and Interaction from the Bartlett School of Architecture, where I focused on the design of interactive systems and robotic art. My thesis project, @heyhexx was exhibited at the Ars Electronica Festival 2018, and is set to exhibit at Prague Quadrennial in June of 2019.

Born in Japan, raised in the California, and currently living in the UK, I am interested in collaboration across different cultures and specialties.  

In 2016, I received the Francis Reid Award from the Association of Lighting Designers for my designs on Wuthering Heights and Hamlet. What the judges said were: From the outset, Sana’s concise presentation impressed the panel, with clear concepts and ideas throughout. Sana’s good research, along with her bold use of angles and colour choices caught our judges attention and clearly achieved impressive results.

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