Carrie Jacalyn Wood

Obituary
  • "I think of you often"
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    - Jeremy Day
  • "This is our second Christmas without you. I am still..."
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  • "Thinking of your smiling face today. Miss you"
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1979 - 2016
Carrie Jacalyn Wood, 36, of Long Island City, NY, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Wednesday evening.

She was born in Melbourne, Florida and grew up in Cary, NC. In 2002 she earned her BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a concentration in Lighting Design. Her passion for the arts drew her to New York City following her graduation from NCSA.

Carrie was a respected artist and critically-acclaimed lighting designer for the New York dance and performance community, known for her collaborations with Reggie Wilson, Karen Sherman, Walter Dundervill, and many others. She also created lighting for regional theatre & opera productions, worked as an assistant designer on Broadway, and supervised technical production for the famed final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Park Avenue Armory in 2011. She was passionate about sharing her love of the arts, working with young choreographers from Florida State University and mentoring designers in Nairobi, Kenya as part of the MAPP project.

Known for her eye for stye, ever-changing blond curls, colorful footwear, and love of ethnic food, Carrie brought adventure, enthusiasm, and love to all facets of her life. She was an avid film-goer, hip-hop enthusiast, and lover of Skittles.

She is survived by her husband Jeremy Day, parents Naoma and Russell Wood, brother Cosby Wood and countless friends, colleagues & relatives. Her loss is mourned by all who knew her.

A visitation service will be held on Tuesday March 22 from 2pm to 6pm at Leahy McDonald Funeral Home, 111-02 Atlantic Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 11419. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to establish a scholarship fund in her name at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts at the following address with her name noted in the memo line: UNCSA Foundation, 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127.
Published on NYTimes.com from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2016