Artistic Statement

"We begin to see lighting in the theatre, not only as an exciting craft but as an art at once visionary and exact, subtle, powerful, infinity difficult to learn." 
–Robert Edmond Jones 
I desire to demonstrate an altered view, motivate thought, and create a world that can exist only for a moment. I will push the boundaries to create light that looks and feels beautiful. I will look at the bigger picture and see it in light. I am a theatrical artist.






























A Thought on Light:


Lighting design is more than a job, for me, it is a passion. I believe lighting to be one of the fundamental parts of storytelling and interaction. Stories are often shaped by light. From thrillers told by fireside and flashlights to holiday dinners with warm white lights dangling outside of the windows. Lighting reveals and shapes every story. With lighting design, I desire to demonstrate an altered view, motivate thought, and create a world that can exist only for a moment. I aim to push the boundaries of conventional lighting to create light that looks and feels beautiful and immersive. 

Current Playbill:


Aja M. Jackson is a Boston-based lighting designer. Credits include A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet (off-Broadway, DR2), Hear Word! (American Repertory Theatre and Under The Radar Festival at the Public Theater NYC), Black Odyssey Boston (Central Square Theatre), Ragtime (Wheelock Family Theatre), We Are Proud to Present...(Brandeis University), Nat Turner in Jerusalem  (Actor's Shakespeare Project), Straight White Men and Nixon's Nixon (New Rep), Leftovers (Company One – Strand Theatre), The Last Wife (WAM Theatre), Hot Water Over Raised Fists (Modern Connections), and FireBird (Abilities Dance Boston). Aja is also the Resident Lighting Designer and core collaborator for site-specific movement company, HOLDTIGHT and serves as Board Chair on the Board of Directors for Brighter Boston. IG: @ajamjackson |

A New Aura

Some of the companies that I am and have been a part of include:


American Repertory Theatre

Boston Ballet

Huntington Theatre Company

Boston Lyric Opera

Lyric Stage

Off The Grid Theatre

Boston Playwrights Theatre

Company One
Brighter Boston 



59E59 Theatre New York, NY
The Public Theater

The Lighting Design Group

The Time Center - New York Times

Erin Pryor Dance Theatre



Denver Center for the Performing Arts


The Santa Fe Opera


Omaha Playhouse

Nebraska Theatre Caravan
Angels Theatre Company
USITT UNL Student Chapter
MCC Theatre Technology Apprenticeship Program
Hixion-Lied School of Music Dance Program
Johnny Carson School Of Theatre and Film
Opera Omaha
American College Dance Festival
Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival Region V