21M.734 | Fall 2003 | Undergraduate

Lighting Design for the Theatre

Study Materials

Principles of Light

Controllable Properties of Lighting

These are not necessarily theatrical, and are objective

  • Intensity
  • Color
  • Form
  • Movement
  • Direction
  • Diffusion

  Aims of Stage Lighting


  • Visability
  • Establish Mood
  • Relevation of Form
  • Composition
  • Rhythm

Little Red Riding Hood

Script Analysis Class

A script is a story with characters and dialogue.

Script Analysis can be broken down into 7 areas:


What is the Major Dramatic Question?/Dramatic Spine?

  • Establishes a Need to Know/Curiosity in Audience
  • Inciting Incident: Raises the MDQ
  • Point of Attact: Audience Becomes Aware of the MDQ  

The Story has a Beginning, Middle and End

  • Exposition
  • Complications Placed in Way of Resolution of MDQ
  • Clima
  • Denounment: Wrapping Up Loose Ends

Mounting Tension, Rising and Falling Action and Conflict

Function of Each Episode or Unit (does it forward plot, char. development, create conflict, etc.)


Function of, Relationships to Each Other, what happens to them? What do they learn?





The Text’s vrs. Our Choice in Presenting it

Given Circumstances

Affect all Designers - Light Oriented Ones are:

  • Time of Day
  • Period
  • Season
  • Location
  • Light Sources
  • FX


  • Is this a Morality Tale
  • Whose Point of View do we Present
  • Comedy/Horror
  • OUR Meaning or Message in this Specific Production
  • What do we Stress or de-emphasize?
  • Do we Comment on Something else Thru it?

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2003
Learning Resource Types
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