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

Unsoiled Tech Team Invitations! (Lent Corpus Main Week 6)
19:00, Tue 1st March 2022 - Sat 5th March 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 6

Unsoiled is looking for people to work in the following tech roles: Set designer , Lighting designer , Sound operator, Costume designer  (team), Welfare Ambassador

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

The GondoliersCUGSS
19:45, Thu 10th February 2022 - Sat 12th February 2022 at West Road Concert Hall
14:00, Sat 12th February 2022 at West Road Concert Hall
Lent Week 3

We're looking for Costume Designer , Choreographer , Lighting Designer , Set Designer  and Publicity Designer  for this fun wacky operetta hitting West Road Concert Hall in February!

Contact before 4th Dec 2021 00:00 for more details.

Blood and Ice is looking for a PRODUCTION TEAM!
Blood and IceBrickhouse Theatre Company
19:30, Wed 9th February 2022 - Sat 12th February 2022 at Robinson College Auditorium
Lent Week 3

Seeking people for the roles of Stage Manager 
, Set Designer 
, Lighting Designer 
, Sound Designer 
, Costume Designer 

Contact Arianna ( before 1st Dec 2021 00:00 for more details.

'Partition' is looking for: Stage Manager, Sound Designer, Lighting Designer, Set Designer/Technical Director
19:00, Tue 1st February 2022 - Sat 5th February 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 2

'Partition' is a play about the Indian mathematician S. Ramanujan. I am looking for: stage manager , sound designer , lighting designer  and set designer /technical director . Given the nature of the play, I would particularly like to encourage BIPOC applicants. Deadline is Wed Dec 8th.

Contact before 8th Dec 2021 23:59 for more details.