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:


Boston-based lighting designer. Recent regional credits include 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), and Wit (Calderwood Pavilion – Boston Center of Performing Arts). Other credits include the Midwest tour of What the Wind Taught Me and The Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC. Aja is a Resident Lighting Designer and core collaborator for interdisciplinary, site-specific movement company, Nourishment ( Previously she worked as a stage manager with the Denver Center Theatre Company and in Production Management at The Santa Fe Opera. Aja holds an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Boston University, a B.F.A. in Lighting Design from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, and a B.A. in Dance Performance from the School of Music. Aja is a Mentor in Residence with Brighter Boston, an outreach organization aimed at giving urban teens practical training in event and theatre productions.

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