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Stage Lighting Demystified

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Stage Lighting Demystified

Monday - Wednesday, July 15 - 17, 2020

9 am - 4:30 pm

Salem State University

Callan Theater

Space is limited


This course will focus on the high school or middle school Theatre Teacher who would like expand on their lighting knowledge. The class will be a combination of classroom lecture/discussion and practical hands-on work with lighting equipment. Topics will include theatrical lighting systems, lighting design, lighting fixture properties, usage, and maintenance, basic electricity, basic wiring, reading and creating lighting paperwork, and basic console programing. This class is suitable for all knowledge levels, even those with very little knowledge of theatrical lighting.

This class is for theatre teachers only, and is not open to students.

 Class will meet Wednesday, July 15 – Friday, July 17, 2020, 9am – 4:30pm  in the Sullivan building, Classroom SB016 and the Callan Theater. Bring your lunch Wednesday and Thursday. Lunch provided on Friday.

Presented by
Michael Harvey, Associate Professor of Design at Salem State University.

Class outline:

Wednesday– Lighting Systems, Fixtures, and Electricity

9:00am – 10:00am           Lighting system end to end
-How they work

10:00am – 11:00am        Lighting Instruments and their uses
-Wash Fixtures
-Spot Fixtures
-Cyc lights
-Spot lights
-LED Fixtures

11:00am – 12:00pm        Changing a Lamp
-Source 4
- Fresnel
-Source 4 PAR
-PAR 64

12:00pm – 1:00pm          Lunch and discussion

*Bring your lunch, and enjoy a lively round-table discussion

1:00pm – 1:30pm             Basic Electricity
-Basic wiring
-Wiring a connector

1:30pm – 2:30pm
-Hands on project – fixing a cable

2:30pm – 4:30pm            Hang, Focus, Cable

Thursday– Lighting Design

9:00am – 9:30am             Design as storytelling device

9:30am – 12:00pm
-Lighting Design
-Design Elements
-Changeable qualities of light
-Design Process
-Theories of lighting design
-Creating the design

12:00pm – 1:00pm          Lunch and small group design project

*Bring your own lunch, and work on a team design project

1:pm – 2:00pm                 Design presentations

2:00pm – 4:30pm             Lighting Paperwork
-Reading lighting paperwork
-Drafting a plot
- Creating a patch

Creating a magic sheet

Friday - Implementing the Design

9:00am – 12:00pm           Lighting Console overview
Console basics
ETC Ion and Element
Off-line editors
Patching (conventional and LED fixtures)
Programing basics

12:00pm – 1:00pm          Lunch and discussion

*Pizza and refreshments provided

1:00pm – 2:pm                 Hands on console programing
-Cue your show – Vision

2:00pm – 3:00pm             Hands on console programing
-Cue your show – Augmented

3:00pm – 4:00pm            Effects and moving light basics

4:00pm – 4:30pm             Open forum and wrap up

Our instructor, Michael Harvey,  s an Associate Professor of Design at Salem State University where he teaches and designs scenery and lighting. Previously he spent four years at Southern Utah University where he served as Assistant Professor and Director of Design and Production. He taught scenic, lighting and sound design, as well as designed scenery, lights, and sound for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.  He spent eight years teaching and designing at Central Lakes College in Minnesota. He also spent two years teaching at the University of Southern Indiana, where he served as scenic designer and technical director. Among his professional credits are Scenic Coordinator for the Opera Company of Philadelphia; Scenic Designer for Spamalot at North Shore Music Theatre; Scenic and Lighting Designer for several Primedia Inc. television productions; and Production Manager for both the New Harmony Theatre in New Harmony, IN, and Capital Repertory Company in Albany, NY. Michael holds a Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design and Theatre Technology from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.

NOTE: Parking information and permit will be provided.

In-Person Class Refund Policy: 100% refund before the first class meeting; 50% before the second class meeting. No refunds after the second class meeting.