Here at JMU, faculty and guest designers comprise
the large portion of our mainstage Lighting Designers but we pride
ourselves on allowing students the prestige of designing a mainstage
show of their own.
Feel like you want to be a Lighting Designer?
Hereís are some things to do to help you on your way!
of shows-both in the department and outside in the professional world.
Itís important to see what other designers are doing.
the basic coursework in the area of stage design and technology,
hands on experience by working in the electrics shop and attending hang
and focus calls throughout the semester.
Consider working first as a paid shop assistant-the more hands on
experience you have with lighting, the better!
an assignment as Master Electrician on a mainstage show.
This ensures that you know all the ins and outs of our theatre
and what it takes to put up a show.
You should also complete an assignment at Assistant Lighting
Designer for a faculty member, guest designer or another student.
This is the best way to get to watch the designer at work and get
ideas for your own show. You
will also learn the organizational and creative structures in place here
the design faculty know of your interest in designing.
We canít choose you for a show if you donít let us know
youíd like to design!!
to have a faculty mentor for your mainstage design.
This gives you someone who has not only a lot of experience but
is looking out for your interests as well!
For further information, contact Emily Becher, Assistant
Professor of Lighting Design Office:
Theatre 2, Room 18 Phone: