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Lighting Designer

The Lighting Designer is responsible to the Director for design, installation, and operation of the lighting and special electrical effects used in the production. They will work closely with the other designers (costume, set, props, etc.) to help create a cohesive overall design for the show. The Lighting Designer may also take on the responsibilities of the Projection Designer

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Read the script and become familiar with the show and the lighting requirements.
  • In communication with the Director to understand their artistic concept of the show.
  • In communication with the other Designers to better understand their concepts and how best to incorporate the lights. Also, see if the other designers have lighting or electrical needs that you can help meet.
  • Attend all production meetings scheduled by the Stage Manager.
  • Attend rehearsals.
  • Order any special items needed (i.e. gel, gobos, cables, etc.) within the budget provided by the Project Manager. If items are needed that exceed the budget, communicate with the Lighting Chair and Production Manager.
  • Hang, focus, gel (if needed) all fixtures needed for the production, and implement any special effect items needed.
  • Program the light board to create the artistic looks for the show.
  • Create cue sheets for spotlights and other special effects.
  • Attend Paper Tech to share light cues with the Stage Manager.
  • Attend Dry Tech rehearsal, and all rehearsals during Tech Week.
  • Run the light board during the run of the show, or find and train an operator to run the board. When spotlights are needed, find and train operator(s).
  • Be available as needed to refocus lights, or change lamps.
  • Attend Strike to remove all unneeded instruments and special lighting effects.