Stage Lighting Skills introduces you to the work of an electrics department and its accessories, lamps, lenses, lanterns and luminaires. You will get hands-on experience rigging and focusing lanterns and guidance on how to draw a lighting plan.

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

As part of the course you will go to a live show to observe lighting techniques. Additionally, there will be a tour of the backstage areas of Guildhall’s performance spaces to demonstrate how to resource a producing venue.

Your Tutors

The School maintains its high standards through the expertise of its tutors. Nick Peel, who leads the course, has worked in the West End and for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and teaches on the School’s BA Technical Theatre Arts programme. He has designed lighting for shows both at Guildhall and many other spaces, and has been lecturing in lighting technology and design for over 10 years, and also works with the Royal Opera House education department visiting schools to consult and solve lighting problems.

Who is the course suitable for?

Stage Lighting Skills is particularly suitable for keen amateurs, students considering Technical Theatre BA courses, school staff involved in theatre productions and theatre/film practitioners looking to expand their skills in a fun and friendly environment.

Our London Location

The Guildhall School is situated in the City of London next door to the Barbican Arts Centre, which houses two theatres, a concert hall, cinemas and galleries. It is also within easy reach of West End theatres, the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Tate Modern.


Course Fee: £495

Residential Option 1 (July only): Course Fee + Bed, Breakfast and Evening meal £830

Residential Option 2 (July only): Course Fee + Bed and Breakfast £765


Monday 17 – Friday 21 July 2017, 10am – 5pm

Monday 4 – Friday 8 December 2017, 10am – 5pm

Participant requirements

  • Applicants must be 17 or over on the first day of the course.
  • Applicants should ensure they have sufficient English language skills to be able to cope with the demands of this course.

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London EC2Y 8DT


Dates & Times

Date Start End
17 Jul 2017
4 Dec 2017

Cost: £495.00

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