This set in introductory instructions in creating a light plot is the result of a request for help from one of our mailing list members  
 Start with a small ground plan of the theater space you are working in.  ltplota

Design Research: If you had to design visual environment for a play set in a high school student's bed room, what would you do? Go home and draw your own room! Easy, right? Your own room would be considered primary research. This research would fully support your ideas and design. 

        Well, what if you have to design the set for a play set in an 1890's home? If you live in a house built around that time, drawing the room layout might work, but the furniture and wall colors wouldn't work. Not to mention that several renovations may have been done years before you were born. What would you do?


Designing a show is simply designing an environment for an event to occur. A Neil Simon play often involves interiors of homes. Therefore, a living room would be the environment and the words & actions are the event.

This school year, we will be devoting a bit more time developing these design pages.

Are you a slave to fashion? Have you ever considered working in a donut shop to earn some extra cash? Summer job? When I was a kid, I was at my Aunt's house for a picnic. Midway into the evening, my cousin walked out wearing a Dunkin-Donut's uniform. It took me by surprise. But, now I know what a person selling donuts wears. This doesn't always work. Crispy Cream people wear different uniforms.
So, you can find out what they wear by going and buying a donut. Sit at a table and do some simple drawings. By the way, this is called primary research. A good thing

The world around you is full of sounds.  This makes up the aural field that you are in.  Without this feedback, your brain would have a hard time adjusting.  The sounds that surround you create a sense of awareness.  Pick an area: your home, outside at the park, at school.  Now in this area, close your eyes.  What do you hear?  How many sounds can you pick out?  Also, how do you feel?  Sound can also convey emotion.

Detail of drafted lighting unitsWhile paper and pencil were the preferred method of many designers even ten years ago, today, designers are expected to use computer-based programs to support their design work. Current lighting technology has also increased the need for a diverse body of computer software applications.

Download the entire article originally printed in Dramatics Magazine.


Collection of various Drawing, Sketching, and Drafting items. When communicating with others in the production team, talking with your hands is not nearly as effective as using pencil and paper; computer and screen; callage, etc...

Design software comes in all sorts of flavors. Organizational software, drafting software, custom theatrical software applications, etc. The list is long and growing every day. Check back often for new pages. 

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