Basics of Stage Lighting

4-Hour Workshop with Marc Beaudin

December 16, 2023; 1 – 5 pm


Lights are to drama what music is to the lyrics of a song.
~David Belasco

Basics of Stage Lighting is a hands-on workshop designed to give the participant the knowledge and tools to successfully design and operate the illumination and other electrical effects of a stage production. We will cover the four purposes of lighting, basics of light properties and color mixing, safety and the mathematics of electrical loads, stage lighting terminology and equipment, the techniques of three-point and four-point lighting, and the process of designing and building a show—from matching the production concept, to generating a lighting plot and instrument schedule, to programming cues and operating the lighting console.

Anyone wishing to explore lighting design or operation, as well as directors, actors, stage managers, audience members and other theatre folks wishing to further their knowledge of what’s going on behind the scenes of a play will benefit from this workshop. Also, musicians, deejays, venue managers and others involved in any form of live performance will gain needed skills.

Basics of Stage Lighting is open to ages 16 and up. No previous experience is required.

Cost is $30 and includes all materials.

About the Workshop Director

Marc has worked in theatre for nearly 25 years as a scenic, lighting and sound designer, stage director, and educator. He was the Scenic Designer/Technical Director for Michigan’s 92-year-old Pit & Balcony Theatre, as well as for Pritchard Theatrical Productions at the Colwell Opera House and the Great Lakes regional touring company, For a Good Time Theatre. He was also a founding artistic director of the 303 Collective. Several productions were named as a Top 10 Arts Event of the Year by the Saginaw News, and published reviews of his design work have called it “gorgeous, intriguing and stellar” (Amadeus), “gripping, permeating atmosphere” (The Exonerated), and “nothing short of mesmerizing” (No Exit).

Our mission: To entertain, educate, and enrich the community through the performing arts.