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.

Useful resources[edit]

ADC guide - an introduction to stage lighting

CUADC guide to LDing

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Lighting Designer Vacancies

PROD TEAM APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR VIGNETTES! (Corpus Mainshow, Easter, Theatre Week 1)
Vignettes from an Inkblot Archipelago
19:30, Tue 30th April – Sat 4th May 2024 at Corpus Playroom
Easter Week 1

We are looking to form a passionate, skilled and compassionate production team to bring this show to Cambridge! Currently, we are after a Producer , Assistant Producer , Associate Director , Lighting Designer , Sound Designer , Camera Operator /Videographer, Stage Manager , Publicist , Set Designer  and a Costume Designer !!

Contact before 8th Mar 2024 00:00 for more details.

Salome is opening for core prod roles!
21:30, Wed 8th – Sat 11th May 2024 at Corpus Playroom
Easter Week 2

I'm looking for a Producer , Assistant Director , Lighting Designer , Sound Designer , Publicity Designer , Welfare Officer/Intimacy Coordinator, and a Choreographer .

Contact before 7th Mar 2024 22:00 for more details.

The Pirates of Penzance at the MinackCUGSS
19:00, Wed 18th – Sat 21st September 2024 at The Minack Theatre
Summer Vacation

Attention opera and theatre lovers, the Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society are looking for a technical team (Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager , 2x Sound Designer , Lighting Designer , CLX , Technical Director , Set Designer , Pyrotechnician, Costume Designer ) to take on our large-scale production of the infamous Pirates of Penzance at the Minack theatre in Cornwall in September 2024.

Contact before 4th Mar 2024 23:59 for more details.

Cloud Eight and a Half
23:00, Fri 3rd May 2024 at ADC Theatre
Easter Week 1

Ever wanted to try your hand at tech for sketch comedy? Well look no further! Cloud Eight and a Half is a brand new sketch show about happiness with bold and vibrant tech plans - we're currently looking for a Stage Manager , a Deputy Stage Manager , a Lighting Designer  and a Sound Designer .

Contact Helen Brookes, before 12th Mar 2024 00:00 for more details.

THE BLUES is looking for a WIDER PRODUCTION TEAM! (Easter Week 4 Corpus Lateshow)
The Blues
21:30, Wed 22nd – Sat 25th May 2024 at Corpus Playroom
Easter Week 4

The Blues is looing for a sound designer , lighting designer , costume designer , set designer  and stage manager .

Contact before 14th Mar 2024 00:00 for more details.