My role as drama director has shifted as I now produce my shows in a brand new theatre-style auditorium. In the past, I’ve had a dedicated theatre tech staff, professionally trained in lighting design for dramatic shows. I used to tell those fine professionals what I wanted and they worked their magic.
Well, no more. I’ve had to add lighting tech to my list of responsibilities, and shall I say, I actually love it. Here’s a photo of me doing design work from the ETC Element console in our auditorium.
Lighting design is just the type of creative activity which I love to do. Along the course of my theatre journey, I’ve had to learn graphic design on photoshop, audio editing on Audacity, and now I’m knee deep in the wonderful world of theatre lighting.
I have a lot to learn, and I have to learn how to do proper lighting with the limitations of our new theatre.
I was happy with the results of my first lighting design. I can’t wait to do more! There’s really an unlimited type of creativity offered in this type of work–especially with the high-end LED lights that we have. The color, oh my, is tremendous. Every scene can be shaded differently to help set the tone. So much fun!
I’m fortunate to be able to run the whole gamut of theatre in my current setting – writing, producing, directing, and now sound & lighting design.
Let’s keep it going! I have three more shows planned for next year.