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A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting


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Table of Contents

Review * Define the Parameters* Planning and Preparation * The Light Plot, Section, and Support Paperwork * The Load-in and Set-up Packet *Cue construction packet* Prior to Load-in * Load-in and Setup * Use the tools: The Focus Session * The Cueing Session and Technical Rehearsals * The Performance * Glossary* Bibliography * Index

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Practical approach to lighting design and implementation Includes experience-based tips and traps to avoid Thorough examination of the documents used to create the lighting design

About the Author

Steve Shelley has worked in theatre for over 35 years as a lighting designer, production manger, and stage manager in New York City, throughout the United States, and on four continents. His lighting designs are included in the repertories many dance companies, and he's designed lighting on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well as concerts, television, regional theatre, and regional opera. Steve is the author of numerous articles in trade magazines and has conducted multiple seminars at theatrical lighting conventions and major universities around North America. He's also the inventor and patent holder of the award-winning Field TemplatesT and SoftSymbolsT ( He lives in New York City.


"A practical guide that will, better than any other book on the subject, help the LD get his or her design realized in the most professional and efficient manner."
-Peter Maradudin, Lighting Dimensions Magazine

"[Part Three] should be read over and over again until the reader really understands the very special gift Shelley is giving them."
-James Moody, Technical Design and Technology

" The best parts of the book work because they rely on understanding concepts, not remembering good advice. You don't have to remember, because you have understood." - Nick Hunt, Focus - The journal of the Association of Lighting Designers

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