I’m a creative technologist and theatre lighting designer based in Tokyo, Japan. Due to my background, I have especial interest in using technology, computation and lighting to create unique storytelling experiences.  

I have a BA (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, and an M.Arch degree in Design for Performance and Interaction from the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London). During my time at the Bartlett, my research consisted of cybernetics, interaction systems, and emotive robotics.

Having had the experience of living and working in the USA, UK, and Japan, I’m interested in what new creations can arise from collaborations across different cultures, backgrounds and disciplines.

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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