Specialised Stage Lighting Programme

This four-day programme aims to equip participants with knowledge and understanding of workflow, theory and concepts for lighting console programming.
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Course Run: 26 – 29 Jun 2023

(Closing date for registration: 5 Jun 2023)

Course Run: 9 – 12 Jan 2024

(Closing date for registration: 11 Dec 2023)

Time: 9.30am – 6pm
Course Fees - Before GST: $1200
Course Fees - After GST: $1296



This programme under Esplanade Academy, is eligible for course fee subsidy and training allowance, supported by NAC.


Individuals: 70% course fee subsidy
Individuals (Self-Employed Person)*: 90% course fee subsidy and training allowance of $10 per hour
Organisations (Non-Profit or Collective): 70% course fee subsidy
Organisations (For Profits): 50% course fee course fee subsidy


*Individuals engaged for work under a contract for service (full-time employee contract) will be eligible for 70% course fee subsidy only. Proof of self-employed status required: Copy of latest CPF Statement or Consolidated Statement of Income for Year of Assessment 2022 submitted to IRAS or (if applicable, for Sole Proprietor only) Copy of ACRA registration.


To apply for course fee subsidy, you must:

1. Register for the course

2. Download the Course Fee Subsidy and Training Allowance Form

3. Email the completed form to nbavani@esplanade.com


This programme aims to equip participants with knowledge and understanding of a lighting system networking, lighting and media server programming. During the session, participants will be able to get hands-on practice on the lighting console and get familiarised with the basic functions of grandMA3 software.




Basic MA3 Console Programming

  • Patching & 3D Stage Set Up
  • Fixtures Control
  • Preset
  • Phaser
  • Cue list Programming
  • Macro


Basic Networking

  • Introduction to Networking
  • Lighting Control protocols
  • Setting up a MA control system
  • Multi-user Programming


Media Server Programming

  • Introduction to Media Server
  • Programming Media Server through Lighting console


About the facilitator

Low Wee Cheng started out as a lighting technician before venturing into lighting and multimedia programming and design, eventually co-starting Ctrl Fre@k in 2010. His experience includes working on large-scale productions and with event companies both in Singapore and Internationally.


Wee Cheng’s portfolio of work includes:

  • Lighting programming for Robert Wilson’s In The Evening at Koi Pond at Aichi World Expo 2005, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic at Manchester International Festival 2011), Via Crucis (Weimar Arts Festival 2012), Adam’s Passion (Eesti Konsert), Voyage De La Vie (The Generating Company) and Singapore’s National Day Parades (NDP) in 2005, 2009 and 2022.
  • Lighting design for Korean Pop Night Concert 2010, Imagine – A Soundtrack of Peace music concert and Praying Mantis by Vision of The Dance (Spain). He was also the associate lighting designer for NDP 2022.
  • Multimedia programming for Share the Hope – a façade projection mapping show for National Gallery Singapore, The LKY Musical (Metropolitan Productions) and Julius Caesar (Singapore Repertory Theatre).
  • Multimedia design for Soul Journey – Ten Years (Siong Leng Musical Association), Flash: Back/Forward (Esplanade’s 10th anniversary commission), Farewell – The Body In 16 Chapters (Drama Box) and Rising Son (Singapore Repertory Theatre).



Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation for Specialised Stage Lighting Programme when they successfully complete the course and assessment.


Who should attend?

This programme is open to individuals working in the production of theatre, dance, opera, broadcasting, events and other performance arts.


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