Theatre: Lighting Design

This guide provides links to basic theatre research: history, design, acting, production, scripts, videos, and careers.

Lighting Resources in Library Databases

Inspiration for designs can come from works of visual art, architecture, and performances. The databases listed below focus primarily on visual content.

Recommended Lighting-related Websites

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Lighting Resources in Books and DVDs

When preparing to design lighting for a show, you take into consideration many factors: the play’s setting location, time period, and characters’ professions, to name a few.  The same should be true for doing lighting design research. Go to the main Production & Design page for suggestions on how to do this.

To find lighting design-related books at Marriott Library, go to the Library Catalog's Advanced Search mode, change the drop-down menu option from "Any" to "Subject". Copy your choice from the suggested Subjects below and paste it into the Subject search box. Clik "Search", then narrow the results by clicking on the Subject links in the Refine My Results column on the left-hand side. (Be sure to click on "Show 15 More" at the bottom of the list to see even more Subject refining options.)

  • theaters--lighting, stage lighting
  • lighting, light in architecture, exterior lighting, interior lighting, "lighting, architectural and decorative", lamps, electric lamps
  • light in art, photography--lighting, cinematography--lighting, color in design
  • light, brightness perception, reflection (optics), color vision

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