Artist Bios

Michelle E. Benda

Michelle E. Benda

(Bio as of January 2022)

Michelle E. Benda (Assistant Lighting Designer) returns to the Goodman, after previously assisting lighting designers on We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, Carlyle and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Other Chicago assistant lighting design credits include The Roommate, The Minutes, and Domesticated (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Q Brothers Christmas Carol, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Chicago lighting design credits include productions with Interrobang Theatre Project, Theater Wit, The Gift Theatre, and Raven Theatre. Michelle holds an MFA in Lighting Design and Technology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.