Why We Make Cues. Cueing Workshops for text, music, and movement.

“Why We Make Cues” is a series of workshops with leading lighting designers Jennifer Tipton, Natasha Katz, and Mark Stanley, designed to increase your understanding of cue placement, cue rhythm & timing, and compositional sequences to support story, movement, emotion, and musical expressions.  Each session will focus on the unique aspects of either text, music, or movement that impact cue placement and composition.

Sessions include discussion of source material, how to develop cue lists, and hands-on cue creation with feedback from the professional designers and participants.

An in-person, hands-on workshop. October 28, November 4, and November 11, 2023 Three Saturdays: 10:30 am-6 pm
Target audience:Emerging artists to experienced professionals. The workshop is designed to be learner-centered, and the projects will focus on real-world lighting problems and solutions.
Expected Learning outcomes: By the end of this workshop, the learner will be able to:

  1. Create and place cues for text, movement, and music to tell compelling visual stories and support scripts, design collaborators, actors, and the director’s work.
  2. Describe the reasoning supporting a cueing structure.
Price: $250 each; $700 for all three in-person sessions
Program Facilitator(s):

Jennifer Tipton, Natasha Katz, Mark Stanley

More Information:


Session 1, Saturday Morning: October 28, 10:30 am -6:00 pm EDT: Cueing for Text with Jennifer Tipton. Storytelling for plays and text-based theater with cue placement, timing, and rhythm.

Session 2 Saturday Morning: November 4, 2023, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm EDT:  Cueing for Music with Natasha Katz  A deep dive into song structure, the correspondences of light and music, language, and the possibility for light and music to be in a dialog.

Session 3, Saturday Morning: November 11, 2023, 10:30 am -6:00 pm EST: NOTE TIME CHANGE THIS WEEK: Cueing for Movement with Mark Stanley. Discover how a performer’s movement can elicit a lighting response: breaking down dance and movement to find a design language. Improve your storytelling and understanding of cue placement, timing, and rhythm from choreography and movement.

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Program Facilitator(s)

photograph of Jennifer Tipton

Jennifer Tipton

Advisory Board.
photograph of Natasha Katz

Natasha Katz

Advisory Board.
photograph of Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley

Director. President. Curriculum Designer. Facilitator.