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International lighting artist Leni Schwendinger is next p.a.v.e. speaker

The SpectraScape in Dallas, Texas is Leni Schwendinger’s design.

Photo by Bryan Amann.

February 22, 2010

The next p.a.v.e. lecturer on arts entrepreneurship at the ASU Herberger Institute School of Theatre and Film is Leni Schwendinger, a world-renowned lighting designer, artist, filmmaker and entrepreneur.

p.a.v.e., the performing arts venture experience, is funded by part of a $5 million grant to ASU by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to further cross-campus entrepreneurship education. On March 1, join Schwedinger, of Light Projects LTD in Manhattan, who creates lighting environments for architectural and public spaces in some of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. Her talk is titled, Creativity and Innovation across Design and the Arts.

"These works are created to energize architecture, landscape and infrastructure with the ultimate objective of connecting people to each other and to their surroundings," Schwedinger states on her Web site. "Balancing technological sophistication, solid project management and artistic verve, the Light Projects methodology has produced a distinctive series of interactions with clients ranging from state and municipal agencies and architectural and engineering firms to museums and events."

Among many other honors and awards, Schwendinger has been named the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Read more about Schwendinger at:

The grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is an example of the benefits a research university like ASU brings to the state. Each year, Arizona universities pump almost $1 billion into the Arizona economy through grants funded by the U.S. government and other entities. Research funding is legally restricted and cannot be used for instructional or other purposes.

Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus

March 1, 4 p.m.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Public Contact
ASU Herberger Institute School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337, 
For more information about p.a.v.e., visit: 

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Laurie A. Trotta Valenti
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Theatre and Film