Who we are:

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Donald G Christensen, Associate IALD, LC

Principal Lighting Designer

Since 2002, Donald has brought his modern sensibility and theatrical lighting design techniques into museum exhibition, architectural, and trade-show designs. Reaching into his theatrical training, Donald relies on collaboration as the key to creating successful projects, working closely with designers, manufacturers, and fabricators to take design concepts to fruition.

Donald’s spectrum of skills ranges from lighting renderings, calculations, energy studies, project management, and advanced lighting control and programming. He has designed lighting for numerous exhibits, museums, trade show booths, object theaters, interiors, and special lighting effects in projects domestic and abroad.

In 2013, Donald created Christensen Lighting to further his creative visions.

Donald has a BFA in Theatrical Lighting Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University and is an associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

Carol Huang

Carol Huang

Creative Director

Carol has been with Christensen Lighting since its inception. Being a 3D designer with over a decade of experience in creating themed exhibitions with engaging interactives and immersive environments, Carol uses her unique background and experiences to boost the experiential aspects of Christensen Lighting’s designs.

Carol was the lead exhibition designer for the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA, a Smithsonian affiliate museum features over 300 unique industrial artifacts including many machines from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Carol also designed the exhibition for Life, Then and Now at the Perot Museum of Science and Nature, featuring towering dinosaurs, rare fossils and virtual paleo-habitats. At the National Children’s Museum, Carol created Our World, a fun-filled play space that introduced aspects of global and community citizenship to children ages 3-8. Carol also designed Communication, an inspiring four-part exploration of human communication, at the Liberty Science Center. Carol’s work is both playful and beautiful and one can find her signature in all that she touches. Her projects were featured in publications including the New York Times and the SEGD design Magazine.

Carol holds degrees in both chemical engineering and Interior Design, and speaks three languages (English, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese). She has studied design and architecture in the United States, Italy, and the Scandinavia.


Shannon Zura

Lighting Designer

Shannon joined Christensen Lighting in 2016.  She is passionate about using light as a medium for telling stories and shaping the way we see the world.  With a background in theatrical lighting, Shannon brings a unique set of skills to the architectural lighting design industry. Her commitment to the intersections of art and history informs her approach to lighting everything from museum exhibits to public spaces.

Prior to joining Christensen Lighting, Shannon worked as a professional lighting, sound, and scenic designer for over two decades.  During a portion of that time, she served as Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the University of Southern Maine’s Department of Theatre where she also held the position of resident Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, and Set Designer.

Shannon was featured in Stage Directions magazine’s Saluting Women in Theater issue after being nominated for a Barrymore for her sound design for Tally’s Folly at Delaware Theatre Company.  She appeared on the cover with lighting designer Dawn Chiang and producer Daryl Roth.  Shannon’s design portfolio is extensive and covers everything from world premieres to Off-Broadway productions to opera.  She is excited to be exploring the many ways in which these experiences continue to inspire her architectural and exhibit lighting design sensibilities.

Having worked in a wide-range of both professional and academic arts settings, Shannon is a proponent of collaboration across all facets of design.  She enjoys the challenges of both shaping and interpreting light in the service of realizing the vision of clients and collaborators alike.


M.F.A., Lighting Design, Temple University Philadelphia, PA

B.A., Technical Theatre, Cameron University Lawton, OK

William Sammons

Lighting Assistant