Lighting Designer

What does an Lighting Designer do?

What does an Lighting Designer do?

The LIGHTING DESIGNER creates the lighting concept and equipment requirements for a production. Lighting Designers work most closely with the DIRECTOR, SCENIC, COSTUME, and PROJECTION DESIGNERS to create a lighting scheme that communicates the feeling of a production and guides the audience’s attention in specific ways throughout a performance.


Understanding of equipment and colors | Operating systems (light boards) | How to troubleshoot light fixtures | Ability to give direction | Collaboration | Ability to use ladders


Degree in design and/or production | Assisting | Fellowships | Apprenticeships | Internships

How to become a Lighting Designer

How to become a Lighting Designer

Many colleges and universities offer degrees and concentrations in production and design, as well as opportunities for student designers to work on college or student-led productions. Broadway lighting designers often begin as light board operators, stagehands, electrics and assistants themselves, transitioning to the role of designer as they gain experience working with the proper equipment and professionals. Those just starting out may want to explore volunteer, assistant, or stagehand opportunities available in their region for training and experience.

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