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 17 – July 24, 2024 in Manhattan. Targeted at Rising Juniors and Seniors currently studying in High School, this six-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.

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

Mark Stanley, Clifton Taylor and Guests

More Information:

Preliminary Schedule, subject to change.

Day 1

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

12:45 – 1:30  Lunch

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

Day 2

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

12:45 – 1:30     Lunch

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

Day 3

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

12:45 – 1:30     Lunch

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

Day 4

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

11:45 – 12:30   Lunch

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

Day 5

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

12:45 – 1:30     Lunch

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

Day 6

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!

Day 7

10:00am – 4:00pm  FIELD TRIP TO PRG Lighting and Scenic in New Jersey

We will get a backstage look at how Broadway shows and other large events are put together at one of the largest lighting and scenic companies in the world.

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.

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Registration open!

Program Facilitator(s)

photograph of Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley

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

Clifton Taylor

Director. VP/Secretary. Curriculum Designer. Facilitator.