Designing with Light : An Introduction to Stage Lighting book cover
7th Edition

Designing with Light
An Introduction to Stage Lighting

ISBN 9780367000691
Published December 6, 2019 by Routledge
388 Pages

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Book Description

Now in its seventh edition, Designing with Light introduces readers to the art, craft, and technology of stage lighting and media projection.

The new edition is fully updated to include current information on the technology of stage lighting: lighting fixtures, lamps, cabling, dimmers, control boards, as well as electrical theory. Readers will learn how designed light is used to enhance the audience’s understanding and enjoyment of a production. The book includes specific information on drafting the light plot, explores the challenges of designing for different stage configurations, and provides examples of lighting designs for dramas, musicals, and dance. It also features comments and thoughts from active designers from both mainstream theatrical productions and related industries.

Written for students of Lighting Design and Technology as well as professional technicians and designers, Designing with Light offers a comprehensive survey of the practical and aesthetic aspects of stage lighting design.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Designing with Light  2. Lighting Production Team: Organization and Responsibilities  3. Electrical Theory and Practice  4. Lenses, Lamps, Reflectors, and Lighting Instruments  5. Cables and Connectors  6. Intensity Control  7. Practicals and Effects  8. Color  9. Projections and Media  10. Advanced Technology Instruments  11. The Design Process  12. The Image of Light  13. The Lighting Key  14. Using the Lighting Key to Draw the Light Plot  15. Drafting the Lighting Design  16. Design Examples  17. Rehearsal and Performance Procedures

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J. Michael Gillette is a Professor Emeritus from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona. Over his thirty-three-year teaching career he taught stage lighting, media lighting, scenic design, sound design and technical production, and designed over a hundred productions. He is also the author of Theatrical Design and Production.

Michael McNamara is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Purdue University and has taught theatrical lighting at the graduate and undergraduate levels for over fifteen years. He has worked as a professional lighting designer for more than twenty-five years, including eight years as an Assistant Lighting Designer with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center where he worked on over fifty productions. He is a Jeff Award winner and a member of United Scenic Artists.