On Stage Lighting is dedicated to information about the technology, practices and education in the world of stage , theatre and event lighting. A useful resource to help those new to lighting and hoping to gain more knowledge of the subject in theatre, corporate events or live concerts.

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Since 2016, On Stage Lighting has sister brand called Learn@OnStageLighting which is the conduit to provide online learning courses to people all over the world. This work ‘behind the scenes’ has greatly increased, while the public OSL site continues to post albeit on a much reduced schedule.

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On Stage Lighting is produced in the UK with the help of lighting professionals within the theatre and event industry who are currently still “at it”. This website strives to bring good quality, topical articles together by those who work in the industry for others just starting out.

Regular updates are sent to subscribers to the On Stage Lighting Feed, by email and RSS.

If you feel you have a contribution to make to this site, use the relevant comments area or email us.

You can email On Stage Lighting at editor [ a t ] onstagelighting.co.uk.
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Rob Sayer


Started in mid 2007, On Stage Lighting quickly grew to become the No.1 stage lighting blog in the world. This is no wild boast.

With 20,000 to 40,000 Absolute Unique Visits per month from readers in over 120 countries, On Stage Lighting is the website most favoured by people looking for stage lighting information and help.  Our monthly 80,000+ page views certainly keep the servers on their toes.


As well as the tens of thousands of casual readers, we also look after over 2000 subscribers eager to learn more about the lighting craft and take their knowledge to become professionals in the stage lighting industry. These loyal guys are the future.

Many OSL readers also buy their own lighting equipment and often have unique valuable knowledge, particularly using modern control and fixtures to get best value for their own money.

In addition to our reputation for high quality information and impartial advice, loyal readers and a growing reputation on and offline, On Stage Lighting also commands Top 10 search engine rankings for hundreds of stage lighting related queries. This makes OSL the first point of contact for many online searchers – nearly 70% of our first time visitors come from search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.  Obviously, it goes without saying that “Stage” and “Lighting” are our biggest referring search engine keywords, but take click the graphic below to see what our visitors are searching for when they find us.  (“Stage” and “Lighting” removed for extra clarity)

Maybe all this is making you wonder how you can advertise your lighting product or business on an authority website like OSL. We have a few advertising options that we can discuss with you in more detail. Simply email : editor [ a t ] onstagelighting.co.uk with your enquiry.

The best way to contact On Stage Lighting is via email:  editor [ a t ] onstagelighting.co.uk

If you represent an equipment manufacturer, trade magazine or lighting service provider, you might like to know that On Stage Lighting does not republish press releases or puff news stories. However, we do offer opportunities for promotion via advertising or genuinely high value content. Get in touch for details.

Rob Sayer - Lighting Designer
Rob Sayer HND, PGDip Ed, FHEA has been in stage lighting since an early age. After getting the “techie” bug and getting serious about lighting in youth theatre, Rob worked regularly as theatre casual before starting his formal training at the internationally acclaimed Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. While studying stage management and technical production, Rob continued to work in a theatre environment, where he assumed his career would continue after graduation.

After graduating from BOVTS, Rob accidentally fell into the world of Corporate and Event Lighting working on all kinds of commercial shows both large and small. As a LX engineer and Production Rigger, he enjoyed the challenges, travel and constantly meeting new people in the world of a freelance “lampie”.

Having designed and operated lighting for theatre performances, music festivals and large corporate events for blue chip companies while travelling all over Europe, Rob now lives by the sea in Somerset and finally moved to “proper jobs” as Senior Lecturer in Higher Education and a Company Director.  A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Rob also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education with a particular specialism in mentoring, e-pedagogies, and distance learning, along with appointments as an External Examiner and panel member in programme development.

He is still passionate about the education of the next generation of lighting professional and continues to write for the On Stage Lighting as an alternative to using his professional experience to write a book on stage lighting.  Rob has also written for other publications, including the Association of Lighting Designer’s Focus Magazine and PLSN.

Rob now works as a consultant and runs online courses and live workshops in stage lighting practice and other topics.

Along with teaching in and out of the university environment, Rob has research interests in contemporary theatre production practice, lighting and the convergence of lighting and digital media and is looking for research collaborations, particularly across disciplines.  You can find out more at Academia.edu.