The third program of the Practical Technical Theatre (PTT) Series, Lighting for Theater, provides a "nuts and bolts" approach to learning basic lighting concepts for live productions. Bob and Marti Fowler, co-creators of the PTT series and career theater educators with over 60 years of combined experience, lead this interactive lesson plan, taking your class step-by-step through the process of lighting a show.
Putting Basic Lighting Theory to Work
Lighting for Theater is not a theoretical treatise on different schools of lighting theory, color temperature and the like. Instead, enough theory is covered so a teacher who has limited lighting experience, along with his or her class, can design and execute a basic light plot.
Instruments and Equipment
One of the most important skills in theater lighting is the ability to determine which instruments to use in different positions in the theater to achieve desired moods and effects. Lighting for Theater teaches students how to identify and creatively use various lighting instruments and equipment, including dimmers and controllers. Students also learn how to apply basic lighting concepts such as plugging, patching, subbing and cueing. As with all programs in the Practical Technical Theatre series, safety issues are highlighted and addressed.
Light Your Stage!
By the time the teacher and students finish this program, they will have the skills required to light a stage evenly, establish basic moods, create some basic special effects, and troubleshoot many common problems. This is a hands-on primer that will produce results on your stage!