If you’ve ever wandered from our stages at Lightning in a Bottle and discovered tasty cuisine, an interactive art experience or a fashionable clothing vendor that really spoke to you, then there’s a good chance it was hand-selected by none other than Marsi Gray. With an eye for style and the heart of a lioness, she’s a venerable iron chef in a the metaphorical kitchen of festival experiences. Through her role as a Senior Producer at Lightning in a Bottle and as a long-standing leader at Do LaB, Marsi combines a voracious appetite for style with a marvelous ability to rally the revelers of our community.
Whether it’s bringing out the best and brightest at our festivals or collaborating with the teams that bring it all to life, Marsi stands apart as a voice that perpetually pushes us to be better, consistently champions the little guy, and is (at its core) definitively Do LaB.
I am inspired by differences in culture, in how faith shows up (or doesn’t show up) for people, differences in lifestyle choices and orientation. Ever since I first remember, I have felt strongly that we should strive to understand where another person comes from, their story, and to celebrate our differences while finding the various places of connection and synergy. I believe, without fail, all humans deserve the dignity of equal rights. I think this is the very most important thing to me. Given the landscape of humanity in our country currently, I am very inspired right now to learn all I can about the experience of my brothers and sisters who have had to fight for their rights, or who still in this day and age experience prejudice, hatred, discrimination and to stand with them as seek and find ways to evolve our culture.
It’s interesting, the things that come up when I think of what I have learned from festivals revolve a lot around wisdom my friend, Shrine, has shared. Most recently, he said to me, “I think we come together at these festivals to learn how to work together and get along”. That really resonates with me. I think the greatest lesson I have learned has centered around when I go through something with someone, where there has been a difficult moment in our working relationship, or some trial we face together during the course of a festival. There is something about sticking in a conversation with someone during difficult moments and moving through that together to create successfully that actually brings you closer together, gives a shared context and deepens the mutual trust. That is my favorite lesson I have learned from festivals.
Pumpkin’s 2010 or 2011 sets on the Woogie Stage. They remind me of very precious times. There never has been, nor will there ever be another artist that most of the staff at LIB stops what they are doing and flocks to celebrate together in this way.
Featured Image Credit: Tony Edwards
About Staff Picks: Our family tirelessly works to create and share experiences that you’ll remember forever, so to celebrate their accomplishments, highlight their contributions and give you a chance to get to know the rockstars of our team a little better allow us to introduce you to one of the magic makers behind the scenes in the newest installment of our monthly series: Do Lab Staff Picks.