Stage Lighting Design for Directors, Choreographers and Performers

This workshop is targeted at directors, choreographers and performers who have had substantial contact with stage lighting design in their work and are interested in re-establishing an overview of the fundamentals of the art.
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Course Run: Stay tuned for updates
Time: 9am – 6pm
Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Course Fees - Before GST: $270.00
Course Fees - After GST: $288.90

This workshop is targeted at directors, choreographers and performers who have had substantial contact with stage lighting design in their work and are interested in re-establishing an overview of the fundamentals of the art.

The key objectives are to further participants’ understanding in how to work with lighting in their respective roles and enhance their capacity to appreciate light as another performer on stage.

Participants will first be taken through basic principles, some technical knowledge and jargon in brief, and the work process of a stage lighting designer in its totality.

Building upon that knowledge, the workshop will then zoom in on ways of communication and collaboration, developing an awareness of light on stage, as well as finding ways to engage meaningfully with light on stage, using practical sessions that will tap on participants’ work experience.

The content will be both generic and specific — principles are universally applicable, but approaches, methods and philosophies vary from designer to designer. Some improvisational work may be involved.

If you have always been curious what exactly do lighting designers do, this workshop hopes to answer some of those questions. Do note, however, that this is not a technical course that teaches you how to design lighting for your own show.

 

Summary of workshop

Day One

  • The role of lighting design in theatre

  • Fundamental functions of stage lighting design

  • Controllable properties of light

  • Brief overview of commonly used lighting instruments and systems

  • The process of designing: from page to stage

 

Day Two

  • Case studies

  • Collaborating with other elements

  • Communicating with directors and choreographers

  • Awareness of light on stage for performers

  • Different ways of engaging with light

  • Open discussion

 

About the facilitator

A graduate from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies programme, Woan Wen received the inaugural National Arts Council Arts Professional Scholarship in 2001 and trained at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in stage lighting design. She has won multiple Best Lighting Design awards at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards and was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2011 by the National Arts Council. Woan Wen divides her time between freelance projects, working with The Finger Players as their associate lighting designer, and making work as one-third of the design collective INDEX.

 

Who should attend?

The workshop is tailored for directors, choreographers and performers with, preferably, at least five years of relevant work experience. It is also suitable for any experienced performing arts practitioner (e.g. producers, programmers, dramaturgs, playwrights, designers etc.) who are interested in learning about lighting design with respect to directing and performing. A selection process may be involved.

Our heartfelt thanks to Electronic Theatre Controls Asia, Ltd and StageEquip Pte. Ltd for the loan of equipment for this workshop.

 

 

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