Lighting Insights


Tony Caporale – Validating Light

Like love itself, creativity is one of the most elusive of all human qualities. Difficult to define and impossible to measure, it dwells within the realm of infinite space that resides in each of us. This award-winning Nashville designer never tires of exploring this endless labyrinth, viewing it as a journey of open-ended possibilities and […]

Music and Mavericks

Much of the story of a life can be told in music. The songs that lift the spirit in joy and comfort it in sorrow, resonate through the years that mark our time on earth. Claudio Mazzucchelli was inspired by this great voice to create “Papa Watch My Fly” a livestreamed multi-media operatic work performed […]

Rob Denton – Evolving Light

As the lighting designer at The Muny, an 11,000 seat outdoor theatre, this New York-based LD was instrumental in the massive 2019 upgrade that took place at the 100-year old St. Louis facility. A long list of issues turned over in his head when he evaluated plans for the new rig: How versatile would it […]

Transforming Space

In the world of television, where success can vanish in the blink of any eye, Wheel of Fortune stands out as a paradigm of longevity. Debuting in Hollywood 46 years ago, the word puzzle quiz show, is the longest-running syndicated series in US history. The Belgian edition Het Rad van Fortuin, has been around almost […]

Livestream Studios Turn 1

Almost as soon as the pandemic lockdowns went into effect, some lighting professionals began converting sections of their warehouses into improvised studio space where they could produce livestreams and videos. Initially, this was done primarily to keep busy, but as time passed these spaces were doing paid projects, primarily musical performances at first, but later […]

Time and Place

Martin Dudley Recalls Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa. The owner of Reading, UK-based Martin’s Lights has acquired a trove of memories in 30 years of touring as a lighting designer and director. Over 50 countries on five continents have been stamped on his passport. Still when asked about his most memorable venue, […]

Niller Bjerregaard – Soaring Light

“His work has influenced me!” We heard this sentiment from more than a few LDs when we mentioned that we would be doing a feature on this Danish lighting and set designer. Bjerregaard’s outsized creations for his principal client, the Grammy-nominated multi-platinum band Volbeat, are indeed the sort of sweeping, visionary outpourings that fire the […]

House Work

Across the world clubs have been shuttered since the start of the pandemic. How has this affected the lives and careers of those who work inside as house LDs? What adjustments did they have to make after their venues closed? Now that those clubs are showing signs of reopening, how are they readying themselves? We […]

Lighting Geometry

For a livestream show celebrating the debut of Breathe Carolina’s own Twitch channel, LD Julien Reux took advantage of Will Chandler’s thoughtfully crafted studio rig at Envizion Group’s Los Angeles facility to create a sense of architecture with light. Playing off against this framework, Reux created a dynamic, fast-moving punted show. Although Reux had done […]

Time and Place – John Garberson and Big Surf Waterpark

Its name may evoke images of the deep blue sea, but the nearest ocean beach is 220 miles away in Rocky Point, Mexico. That isn’t to say you can’t catch a wave at Tempe, Arizona’s Big Surf Waterpark, which features a 2.5-million-gallon “Waikiki Pool” capable of creating five-foot waves. At different times during the year, […]

Maverick and Lee Rose Do NYE

Photo: Lee Rose Designs Lee Rose and the creative team behind the “Hollywood Party” segment of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve show begin looking for a suitable soundstage for their production in mid-September. Most years the process is fairly routine, but not (no surprise!) in 2020. “We scouted the Los Angeles Convention Center as […]