The Lighting Designer Is responsible for creating an appropriate lighting plan, both from the viewpoint of functionality (simply being able to see the actors), and from the artistic appearance of the lighting (e.g. are scenes set indoors or outdoors, in the early morning, mid-afternoon or late evening). There are two main aspects to this role:

  1. Designing a a lighting plan, which details exactly which lights need to be hung where around the stage area in order to achieve all of the effects required by the show. On more complex shows, this can require careful coordination with the Set Designer, Technical Director and/or Stage Manager to ensure that the lighting and other effects work smoothly together.
  2. Working through the script, designing the look of each individual scene from the available lights (known as plotting), and marking cues in the script at the points when the lighting needs to change, so that the Deputy Stage Manager (on complex shows) or Lighting Operator (on smaller shows, often those in studio spaces) knows when change the lighting states should be changed.

Some directors will have a very strong view about the overall design, whereas others will give their designers a greater input into creating the look of the show.

For best results, the Lighting Designer should work with the other designers to ensure the lighting design is consistent with the overall design ideas. A production will look a lot better if each designer is following a consistent thread and taking into account of the look and atmosphere being created by the other designers.

It is normally left up to the Lighting Designer to decide whether they also want to take on the responsibilities of the Chief Electrician, Lighting Desk Programmer and Lighting Operator. If you do want additional people to take on these roles, you should discuss it at an early production meeting, so as to ensure that everybody in the show knows what is happening, and that suitable time is allowed to find people to take on these roles.

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Lighting Designer Vacancies

Dragtime! Presents: Hot Girl Midsommar (Michaelmas Week 3)
Dragtime! Presents: Hot Girl Midsommar
23:00, Wed 27th October 2021 - Sat 30th October 2021 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 3

Dragtime! is back!! We are making a triumphant return to Cambridge with our thIRd Halloween themed show (and our tenth (!!) ADC show in total!) and we want you to get involved - we are looking for a lighting designer , sound designer , stage manager , assistant stage managers , photographer , production assistants and moRE so regardless of your level of experience or particular area of interest, if you want to get more involved with drag but actually beINg in drag isn't your thing this is the perfect opportunity!!!

Contact Griffin Twemlow at before 3rd Oct 2021 23:00 for more details.

Smorgasbord Needs A Tech Team!
SmorgasbordFletcher Players
21:30, Mon 8th November 2021 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 5

Join the Smorgasbord Tech Team! We need a Lighting Designer , Sound Designer , Technical Director , Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager , Assistant Stage Manager , and a Photographer !

Contact before 25th Sep 2021 23:59 for more details.

Anne Boleyn (Week 4 The Round Church) - PROD TEAM WANTED!!!!!
Anne Boleyn
19:30, Wed 3rd November 2021 - Sat 6th November 2021 at The Round Church
Michaelmas Week 4

This is a brilliant play that honours the life of Anne Boleyn, examines the corrupt nature of power and celebrates the joyful complexities of love and faith. What We Are Looking For👉 Assistant director  Costume designer  Musical director  Movement director  Stage manager  Lighting designer  Set designer  Publicity designer  📣assistants for all these roles are welcome!!! 💃Visit our page for more details and feel free to email us if you have any questions!!! We want YOU to help bring this amazing show to stage😍

Contact & & before 27th Sep 2021 12:00 for more details.

19:45, Tue 26th October 2021 - Sat 30th October 2021 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 3

We are looking for the following roles; Producer , Costume Designer , Lighting Designer , Sound Designer , and Technical Director 

Contact before 30th Sep 2021 00:00 for more details.