Creative Light Design Tips for Theatre Teachers

When I first started teaching, I was seriously terrified of the light designs for my shows.

I really wished that someone during my college years had throw a script at me, some LED lights, a few flashlights, and told me to go make it work.

If you are like me, one thing that I would suggest is to not be afraid of finding unconventional ways to light your stage. Due to budget, you may not have tons of money to buy all of those really cool specials, gobos, and other fancy lighting equipment that you may or may not have worked with during college.

Hey, guess what? That is okay.

You don’t need super expensive lights to get some really cool effects on your stage. I have even used flashlights, holiday lights, flood lights, and utility lights before to get different effects.

The hardware store sometimes has some unique and budget friendly options depending on what type of effect you are looking for in your lights. I have made texture washes and makeshift gobos from some pretty interesting materials before. Just make sure your materials are not flammable haha 😳!!

I used my beloved Amazon LED lights to get this bright blue light effect. This is from our 2019 production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

You can also find some fun options online!

I have a few LED lights that I got on Amazon a few years ago. I seriously love my cheapo Amazon lights and use them for something nearly every show now.

Start trying to explore more creative ways to get the effects and colors you want for your shows instead of thinking that all is lost because you don’t have the budget for the high tech lighting equipment.

There are so many options out there if you think outside the box!

What are your most creative/budget friendly lighting tips??

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