Kara O'Grady

Director of Business Development
Lightswitch New York
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Since graduating from North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Lighting Design Kara’s career has spanned the gamut from dance design to systems integration. Starting with lighting opera she traveled up and down the east coast designing in multiple venues- she is as comfortable lighting a ballet as wrapping a casino in LEDs. In NYC she started working in permanent installations where she was involved with renovating multiple theaters, TV studios and sculpting the NYC skyline with light. 

Kara's love of creating immersive environments and her intense hate for multiple color temperatures in restaurants and dressing rooms sparked her interest in architectural lighting leading her to regional manager roles for several leading theatrical and architectural manufacturers.  

When Kara is not enhancing the world through better lighting, she enjoys running 13.1 miles for shiny medals.

  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • Designers Lighting Forum, New York