Theatre Lighting Design Process

This design-driven exploratory workshop seeks to provide a broad introduction of lighting for dance, plays and musicals. Theatre practitioners, designers and collaborators (including but not limited to actors, directors, choreographers, producers, lighting managers/ programmers and technicians) who work with lights on stage are welcome to attend this workshop.
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Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Course Fees - Before GST: $270.00
Course Fees - After GST: $288.90

 

This design-driven exploratory workshop seeks to provide a broad introduction of lighting for dance, plays and musicals. Theatre practitioners, designers and collaborators (including but not limited to actors, directors, choreographers, producers, lighting managers/ programmers and technicians) who work with lights on stage are welcome to attend this workshop.

 

Participants will be encouraged to explore the development of lighting equipment, advance design understanding and refine their technical capabilities/ knowledge. The key objective of this workshop is to raise the appreciation for lighting design in theatre and explore how it continues to play an integral role in overall aesthetics on stage, influencing the psychology of the audience and elevating production values.

 

Lighting design can bring meaning to a creative presentation and support storytelling with a clear design intent. Short projects and discussions aimed at encouraging a structured workflow for the formation of basic lighting design concepts will be explored in this workshop. Emphasis will be placed on design motivations and how one can approach lighting design through dramaturgy, form and content; with lighting technology as a supporting tool. There will be case studies that chart fundamental steps towards the curation of live lighting looks on stage, discussions on lighting methodology employed in pop culture, script analysis for lighting cue developmental exercises and basic cue-ing techniques for musicals.

 

From a design/tech perspective, participants will also get a sense of how lighting systems work in a lighting plot, learn to decipher a basic lighting plan and understand colour mixing techniques.

 

Summary of Workshop

Day One

  • Lighting Language & Communication in the Theatre

  • Outline for Play-script Analysis & The Light List

  • Colour Theory & Light Sources in the Theatre from 2000-2020

  • Lighting Systems & Popular Lighting Design Formulas

  • Choreography + Technology + Story Journey


Day Two

  • Pop Culture – Key Lighting, Motivated Light & Motivating Light

  • Picturization – Translation of Image from Visual Media

  • Focusing Lights & Lighting Angles Calculation

  • Musicals 1001 – Rhythm, Tempo, Moment & Beats

  • Collaboration: Case Study/ Discussion



About the facilitator

James Tan was conferred The Young Artist Award and awarded Arts Professional Scholarship by The National Arts Council of Singapore. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from the University of California, San Diego. He is an Associate Artist with Pangdemonium Theatre Company. Selected Theatre Lighting Design Credits: Merdeka (W!ld Rice), Red Sky (Nine Years Theatre), Lord of the Flies (Blank Space Theatre with Sightline Productions), Joget (Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay) & God of Carnage (SRT). Selected Architectural Lighting Design Credits: From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience (Singapore Bicentennial Office) and The Art of the Brick® Exhibition by Nathan Sawaya (MBS ArtScience Museum).

 

Who should attend?

This workshop is open to all theatre practitioners, designers and collaborators (including but not limited to actors, directors, choreographers, producers, lighting managers/ programmers and technicians). Do consider signing up if you have always been interested and curious about the Theatre Lighting Design Process. 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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