Stage Lighting

stage lighting

Key information:

Course dates:
Mon 25–Fri 29 July 2022
Course times:
10am–5pm, BST (UTC+1)
Art form:
Production Arts
Fees with accommodation:
9am, Friday 8 July 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Course info

This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will get in touch if a space becomes available.

Ages 16+

Course Dates & Times

Monday 25–Friday 29 July 2022
10am–5pm daily, BST (UTC+1)

About Stage Lighting

This one-week in-person course introduces you to the work of an electrics department in the theatre industry and its accessories, including lamps, lenses, lanterns and luminaires. You will get hands-on experience rigging and focusing lanterns, as well as guidance on how to interpret a lighting plan.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with an interest in lighting and its use in a theatrical or narrative context.

What can I expect?

The course covers:

  • Safe working and electrical theory, including a practical plug wiring exercise
  • Basic fault finding
  • Use of DMX to control dimmers, moving lights, scrollers, etc.
  • Advice on how to prepare for a show
  • Advice on how to control lights using manual and memory desks

There will also be a tour of the backstage areas of Guildhall's performance spaces to demonstrate how to resource a producing venue.

“The equipment and venues we had access to were way beyond my expectations”

– participant on Stage Lighting Skills

Course Fee

Course fee: £525
Course fee + Bed, Breakfast & Dinner: £1035

Participation Bursaries are available for this course (Please note the application deadline for participation bursaries is 13 June 2022).

This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will get in touch if a space becomes available



Check-in: 4-6pm, Sunday 24 July 2022
Check-out: 10am, Saturday 30 July 2022

Accommodation is located in Sundial Court, the School's student halls of residence. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Should we not be able to facilitate your booking, you will be notified via email and a full refund will be issued.

About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by Steve Huttly, retired lecturer in Lighting Design and Technology at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Steve started his career in lighting whilst studying History and Politics at the University of Kent, and has been working in producing theatres ever since.

His first post as a Chief Electrician/Lighting Designer was at Basingstoke. He subsequently worked at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton and at Greenwich Theatre for seven years where he was fortunate to work with some of the world's best lighting designers. So far he has lit over 60 professional productions in his career. While at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Steve has been responsible for the complete overhaul of the main theatre electrical installation and the purchase and introduction of a moving light rig. He has now worked on over 70 of the school’s productions.

He gained a Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2004 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Since leaving Guildhall, Steve has been doing freelance teaching at Guildhall and other Drama schools and volunteering for The National Trust.

Steve joined Guildhall as Chief Electrician and Lecturer in 1994 and retired in 2016.

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