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:
- 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.
- 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.
ADC guide - an introduction to stage lighting
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Lighting Designer Vacancies
'the herb garden' is looking for a wider prod team!
The Herb Garden19:00, Tue 16th – Sat 20th May 2023 at Corpus Playroom
Easter Week 3
'the herb garden' is seeking a wide range of production roles for this wacky, often emotional musical taking place on Tues 16th-Sat 20th May (Week 3) as a Corpus Mainshow! Roles looking to be filled: musical director , technical director , sound designer , lighting designer , costume designer , set designer , assistant producer , stage manager , assistant musical director , publicity officer, photographer .
Contact Hannah (she/her - Producer) email@example.com for more info. before 15th Apr 2023 01:00 for more details.
Technical Representative and Lighting Designer for 'Urinetown'
Urinetown – Festival Players19:45, Thu 1st – Sat 3rd June 2023 at ADC Theatre
19:45, Tue 6th – Sat 10th June 2023 at ADC Theatre
14:30, Sat 10th June 2023 at ADC Theatre
Easter Week 5 to Week 6
Festival Players are looking for a Technical Representative and a Lighting Designer for their upcoming production of Urinetown: The Musical. Please note the dates of the production 1st-10th June - this will only suit individuals with no exam commitments around these dates. Due to unforeseen circumstances we are reopening applications for technical representative. The role will come with handover support from the previous TR. The set plan includes a revolve.
Contact Please contact Justin Murray (director) at firstname.lastname@example.org before 31st Mar 2023 01:00 for more details.