7-Day IN PERSON Workshop in Lighting Design for High School Students

We are offering a free IN-PERSON course in design for current High School Students this summer from July 26 – August 2 in Manhattan. Targeted at Rising Juniors and Seniors currently studying in High School, this seven-day course will include hands-on work with working professional lighting designers, a visit to see a New York show and tour backstage, and culminating in a public showing of the work accomplished during the workshop.

Course availability is strictly limited. Applications are open to students studying at all High Schools. Priority will be given to students in US Title 1 Public High Schools.

This program is sponsored by:

Hemsley Lighting Programs, ETC, 4 Wall Entertainment, PRG, The Chelsea Factory, The Joyce Theater Foundation, Lighting and Sound America, Available Light, Theater Projects, the Lighting Design Group LDG, Mickey Rolfe, Brad Schiller, Al Crawford, Rosco, SSD Board Members, and many other generous donors.  We appreciate your support!

Price: FREE, entrance by application only
Program Facilitator(s):

Mark Stanley, Clifton Taylor, Stacey Boggs, Cat Cusick, Emmanuel DelGado, Venus Gulbranson, Lee Magadini, Tyler Micoleau, and Guests

More Information:


Wednesday, July 26: Day 1

10:00 – 12:45  Musical Freethinking; Functions and Qualities of Light; Angles of Light

12:45 – 1:30  Lighting and Sound America Lunch with Lee Magadini

1:30 – 4:00 Hands-on Drawing Light; Hands-on Sessions: Lighting Angle

Thursday, July 27: Day 2

10:00 – 12:45  Color and Light; Magic Sheets

12:45 – 1:30     Lunch with Author and Intelligent Light Expert Brad Schiller

1:30 – 4:00     Professional Practice in Hanging and Focusing Lights; Light Distribution; Hands-on Workshops in Lighting Storytelling

Friday, July 28: Day 3

10:00 – 12:45  Lighting Movement: Kinetics and Rhythms

12:45 – 1:30     PRG Lunch with Lighting Designer, Television Lighting Director, and Educator Kevin Lawson

1:30 – 4:00     Introduction to Programming; Professional Practice in Technical Drawing: Light Plots, Sections, and Paperwork

Saturday, July 29: Day 4

10:00 – 11:45   Careers in Light; Resumes; Colleges

11:45 – 12:30   Available Light Lunch with Ted Mather

12:30 – 4:00   Capturing Natural Light (Photographic Workshop); See a professional show

Sunday, July 30

Day off from Workshop


Monday, July 31: Day 5

10:00 – 12:45  A visual lighting journal; Drawing Light and Color; Visual Composition; Lighting the Human Form

12:45 – 1:30     ETC Lunch with Theatre Consultant Josephine Márquez

1:30 – 4:00     Programming the console: Tracking; Key, Fill, and Extended Key Lights

Tuesday, August 1: Day 6

10:00 – 12:45  Building your Lighting Story – Lighting for Music

12:45 – 1:30     Lunch with Lighting Designer Al Crawford

1:30 – 4:00     Console Training: Color Tools; Console Training: Effects; Lighting Design for Music Project

Wednesday, August 2: Day 7

10:00 – 12:45  Music Project Work

12:45 – 1:30     Lunch

1:30 – 3:00      Music Project Work

3:00 – 4:00    Final Presentation for Friends and Family and Public

4:00 – 5:00    Public Reception!

Learning Outcomes from this workshop:

By the end of the program, students will:

  1. Use light and design to articulate the fundamental qualities of light in terms of intensity, angle, color, movement, and distribution (form and rhythm).
  2. Experience and Practice Public Speaking about their and others’ artistic works.
  3. Experience and Practice Supportive Group Learning and Critique Processes
  4. Create lighting designs and documentation for inclusion in a design portfolio, including a short video that communicates a lighting ‘story’ around the themes of time of day and place, style, supporting scenic elements, and consideration and use of abstract compositional elements.
  5. Experience pathways to a professional career through meeting diverse industry professionals.
  6. Create a professional resume with an understanding of college pathways and jobs in the lighting industry.
  7. Create a professionally formed “Magic Sheet” that explains the lighting systems in the plot and the design.
  8. Create a schematic light plot for inclusion in a portfolio that follows the form of a professional drawing package.
  9. Photograph Natural light and their designs for inclusion in their portfolio and for creating a lighting journal.

Please consider donating to Studio School of Design to help make programs like this possible.

This course is past, please join us next time!

Program Facilitator(s)

Stacey Boggs


Cat Cusick


Emmanuel Delgado


Venus Gulbranson

Lee Magadini

Lee Magadini

Senior Advisor for High School Programs
photograph of Tyler Micoleau

Tyler Micoleau

Advisory Board.
photograph of Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley

Director. President. Curriculum Designer. Facilitator.
photograph of Clifton Taylor

Clifton Taylor

Director. VP/Secretary. Curriculum Designer. Facilitator.
photograph of Al Crawford

Al Crawford

Advisory Board. Guest Speaker.
Kevin Lawson

Kevin Lawson

Guest Speaker.

Ted Mather

Guest Speaker

Brad Schiller

Guest Speaker
Josephine Marquez

Josephine Marquez

Guest Speaker.