This page pulls together some of the key basics of stage lighting and some of the best content on the web at the moment for learning stage lighting.
Stage Lighting Terms and General
Terms and general all-in-one stage lighting basics material.
Salzburg’s Glossary of stage lighting terms.
Larry Wild’s comprehensive class notes on everything stage lighting.
On Stage Lighting Guide To Lampie Slang A look at some of the common slang we use in the professional stage lighting industry, particularly in the UK.
Little Theatre Lighting Handbook in PDF format.
Bill Williams‘ Stage Lighting Introduction
Stage Lighting Equipment
Even simple stage lighting systems contain a certain amount of equipment. Learning the creative and technical uses for all this can be daunting. Here are some of our favourite resources to help you with the basics.
Stage Lighting Guide website – good for the basics.
VLS basic guide, including equipment.
A useful slideshow covering the key elements:
Stage Lighting Design
The creative side of stage lighting is lighting design, usually the role of the Lighting Designer. The Lighting Designer brings together the artistic use of light and the technical facilities available to create the final look on stage. Here are some of our favourite ways to get understand stage lighting design.
Stage Lighting Angles Explained – Church Tech Arts
YouTube video on the basic positions – the intro is waayyyy too long!
Planning and Communication
Theatrecraft guide to the basics of stage lighting communication paperwork.
The Lighting Archive – including an interactive package of stage lighting paperwork.
Examples of lighting plans from history at the New York Library Theatrical Lighting Database
Lighting Control Basics Guides – On Stage Lighting
National Theatre’s Stage Lighting Playlist on YouTube, including videos on the lighting control roles:
DMX Stage Lighting Control basics video on YouTube: