Michelle is a three-time Emmy winning lighting designer and director with over 34 years of professional lighting experience. As a producer / project leader, she was nominated for an Emmy, won an Emmy, a Peabody, and numerous film festival awards. Michelle has been involved with CNN’s largest productions in the last 20 years all over the world;  huge Presidential Debate designs, to daily programming to new studio construction design work to designing mobile studio buses and vans.


Lightcue, a small design firm located in Alexandria VA.

We provide-

Lighting Design Services for Television, Events and Stage.

Project Management for TV and live productions. Consultant and coordinate construction projects.

Provide High skilled technical labor for live production, TV and Film

Program and design networking for lighting system control

Interactive Design Production and Testing

Product Design and testing.


Photography and support

Example of Clients:

Turner Broadcasting

Opryland / Gaylord Entertainment

Lite Panel – Vitec

Electronic Theater Controls


Ringling Brothers

Dick Clark Production

Lighting Systems Design.

Michelle’s systems work began in the 80s; as a theater master electrician overseeing 8 live performance venues in Nashville’s showpark, Opryland. Later this developed into a position as a systems designer building theaters and venues for Opryland / Gaylord Entertainment both in Nashville, Baltimore and later Texas. Later she joined TNN/ CMT/CBS cable, now MTV networks, as a television lighting director, working on my many top-level television projects for the network and other productions like Family Feud and the CMA Awards. High profile systems work like The Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville TN and Orlando FL , the Ryman Auditorium and the TNN studio renovations filled her portfolio.

Opening Lightcue in the late 90’s, the small freelance shop did projects for folks like VH1, CMT, Cracker Barrel and Electronic Theater Control’s R and D department eventually signing a full-time commitment to Turner Broadcasting to create CNN’s first lighting design department outside of Atlanta. A three-year commitment that has lasted almost 20 years.  

During her tenure at the network, Michelle took three small studios with 98 outdated dimmers between them with hand-me-down lights to 3 then 4 state-of-the-art studio facilities, with over 800 dimming circuits, the latest in LED technology and modern networked lighting controls with multiple redundancies for 24/7 live TV requirements.