February Lighting Links

Occasionally, a blog such as designandtechtheatre can (and should) call attention to some of the most useful and pertinent digital web recourses that touch upon the subject.  Following are some such resources that I have come across over the past few weeks in my examination of the subject of Stage Lighting and the evolving technologies:

Professional Lighting Resources — Bill Williams

This site features a number of categories.  One section entitled Stage Lighting 101 is of particular interest purports to be a “quick reference for the lighting student, educator, or professional”.  Bearing a copyright notice of 1990-2003, the page claims to be “revised and updated often” but bear no evidence of having been revised recently.  Nevertheless, it is a very interesting site.  Of particular value to someone interested in lighting practices is the page linked to the 200 – Design Methods link

Effective Lighting Design A to Z —  by Mark Harvey

is a really helpful primer that breaks the lighting design process into 26 steps (A through Z). Each step is described by a terse description followed by a succinct sentence or three of description.  Useful diagrams illustrate complex ideas and provide examples of the step and many terms are emphasized in red, while in a few instances more complex examples are provided as links that typically open in the same window.  The site might be improved by allowing the reader to link to the highlighted terminology for examples or fuller descriptions and the 26 steps seem arbitrary and forced, but the site can serve as a very workable template for a young designer’s first few lighting designs.

Stage Lighting for Students — by Jeffrey E. Salzberg with Judy Kupferman

This site purports to be a resource for students and provides a perspective on stage lighting design.  It consists of many pages navigated using an index of links in a sidebar to the left of the main window.

USITT RP-2, Recommended Practice for Theatrical Lighting Design Graphics – (2006)

This site consists of a single PDF.  It is an instructive, rather prescriptive written outline of the characteristics of the drawings, notably the Light Plot (plan) and the Section drawing.  The drawing concludes with a rather comprehensive compendium of USITT endorsed and recommended symbols of different types of lighting instruments for use on light plots.


The Lighting Archive — sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts

This site features examples of work by important lighting designers and currently links to extant plots and paperwork from Jean Rosenthal, Ken Billington and Gilbert Helmsley.  Each project is fairly well represented with complete paperwork and should prove fascinating and instructive to students and experienced designers alike.  It appears that the site is evolving and that examples of additional designer’s work are likely to be added in the future.

The New York Public Library & The Lighting Archive Theatrical Lighting Database

Like the “Lighting Archive” this site archives a select number of projects by important lighting designers.  These projects include: A Chorus Line (1975) by Tharon Musser, Fall River Legend (1991) by Thomas Skelton, Hair (1968) by Jules Fischer, and Sunday in the Park with George 1984) by Richard Nelson.  Each project includes numerous documents.

Please visit these sites to learn more about the process and paperwork of the lighting designer.

Have fun!  Be safe!



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