Annotated theatre lighting design resources including links to designer websites with images of creative work, instructional websites on effective lighting design, examples of lighting plots and plans, lighting design videos for students, lighting theory for beginners and advanced users, plus the role and duties of the stage lighting designer. – Justin Cash

A gem of a theatre lighting resource with just about everything you ever needed to know about stage lighting. Includes an introduction to stage lighting, general design methods, applied design methods, lighting procedure, stage lighting fixtures, stage lighting mechanics, and lighting design education. Note: does not include recent LED fixtures.

Useful overview of the duties of a theatre lighting designer and the necessary qualifications for this type of work.

Curated collection of a dozen popular lighting design podcasts for students of theatre and budding lighting designers to listen to.

Overview of the lighting design process for the theatre including script reading, rehearsals, creating a cue list, drawing the lighting plan, hanging the rig according according to the plan, lighting plot, focusing,  technical rehearsals and lighting colour.

Image portfolio of Chicago based lighting designer. Useful for students.

Collection of industry-leading show design CAD and visualisation software for stage lighting, including Capture, Cast wysiwig, Vectorworks, and more. Includes links to product websites and training videos. Great for theatre students interested in a career in theatrical lighting.

Series of production images from UK-based theatre lighting designer. Useful for students.

Good outline of the lighting designer role in the theatre from the The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Includes responsibilities, technology, necessary qaulities and skills, programming, and career opportunities.

Basic guide to stage lighting design. Great for the beginner.

Stage lighting design portfolio from US-based designer. Great lighting examples for students.

Series of articles and interviews from the American Theatre website. Useful theatre lighting design resources for students.

Comprehensive lighting theory guide for students including the functions of stage lighting, qualities of light, and more.

Theatre lighting plan and patch sheet examples for students to see.

Series of educational articles and videos about stage lighting, including what consoles to use, planning a stage wash, theatre lighting basics, and how to create your first lighting plot.

Excellent guide for understanding and designing theatre lighting for teachers and students.

Fantastic website,, with loads of resources from across the web about theatrical lighting, including stage lighting basics, colour and light, lights and design, console programming, stage, truss and rigging, and DMX.

A comprehensive historical timeline of light and lighting from 4.5 Billion BC to the late 1990s. This is an excellent timeline for tricky research into specifics like the intoroduction of the gas and electric light in England and America, the story behind the Fresnel, the discovery of ultraviolet light, and who was the man behind the McCandless method of stage lighting?

Series of lighting design images from US-based designer that students should find useful.

We eat light, we drink it through our skins. With a little more exposure to light, you feel part of things physically… Seeing is a very sensuous act – there’s a sweet deliciousness to feeling yourself see something.

James Turrell


Great production images from Sydney-based lighting designer.

Curated collection of educational videos on various aspects of stage lighting.

Lighting Plot

Just in case you never thought of it, here’s thousands of theatre lighting design images from Google and Bing. Awesome for students of theatre to browse through and discuss.

Wikipedia entries on stage lighting and the role of the theatre lighting designer.