first sizes up the capabilities of the venue and starts to imagine the visual possibilities.
must take precise measurements of the space and determine the available power capacity.
Selects specific lighting instruments and drafts a lighting plot.
Knowledgeable in using lighting softwares
Creates a scale plot of the lighting rig that includes information on fixtures, dimmers, and (if known) channel numbers.
Responsible for renting the gear, or may give the specs to a technical director to requisition.
Programs the show, or collaborates with another technician to input fixture profiles, colors, effects, and movement for the cues.
Supervises a crew of technicians who hang fixtures according to the plot, assign channels and dimmers, drop in gels for conventional lighting, and insert custom gobos.
Direct the focus of instruments through each scene.
Present during rehearsals to make any necessary changes.
The lighting designer must repeat the focus process at each new venue and update the programming
A college degree is not required, but it is encouraged; majors in show production or theatrical design are preferred. Specialized training in automated lighting instruments, consoles, wireless dimming, projection systems, and other equipment is necessary. A lighting designer is expected to have a thorough understanding of colour theory, electricity, and geometry. Manufacturers certification or workshops in instrument repair, programming, and media servers is also recommended.