Lily Bartenstein is a scenic, projection/video, and sometimes lighting designer for live performance based in Los Angeles California. However, her interests are not limited to work on stage - she also is excited to find new collaborators in creating on camera content as a production designer.
Lily grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. While in high school, she had the opportunity to shadow legendary scenic designer Paul Owen of Actors Theatre of Louisville during the 2004 Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Lily graduated from the University of Chicago in 2008, with a concentration in Theater and Performance Studies. She received a Student Life and Leadership award for her work in support of the arts, both through her involvement and leadership within the student run co-curricular theatre company, University Theater, and her investment in other student arts organizations.
After undergrad, she returned to Louisville where she was the Theater Manager for the MeX Theater, a small black box space at the Kentucky Center. In 2011 she implemented the MeX Theater Initiative, a comprehensive shift restoring operating procedures to their original intent of supporting local performers and artists democratically, and reinstating the educational mission of the space through a series of master classes and conversations with artists. While in Louisville, she also worked extensively with Walden Theatre, a theatre training program for students ages 8-18.
In 2012, Lily moved to San Diego, California where she received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of California, San Diego.