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Lighting Design for Theatre – with Top Tutor Nik Janiurek

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  • Sat 25 Jul ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 26 Jul ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 8 Aug ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga



Ticket Information:

  • Course fee: $60.00

Howick Little Theatre and Creative Communities NZ/Auckland Council are proud to bring you
Lighting Design – for beginners and intermediate lighting practitioners
with Nik Janiurek – An award-winning lighting designer with extensive experience in the UK and New Zealand

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26 (10am to 4.00pm)
Saturday, August 8 (10am to 4.00pm)
And one other day or two half days to be decided with the director.
(Limited to 12 people.) Download a registration form from the theatre website and return it to us with your payment.

Brief Outline Of Course:
This is a workshop, designed with beginners and intermediate amateur lighting practitioners in mind, which will explore the process and intricacies of lighting a theatrical production and proceed to design, rig and plot the lighting design for an actual production, Mary’s Wedding, which opens to the public on September 12. During the course, various topics will be touched on, including:

- Use of particular instruments
- Importance of angles
- Choice of colour
- Special effects
- Parameters of design - based around the show, venue, resources etc.
- Realising the design on paper
- Implementing the design; cue plotting and cue timings.

A professional design will be explored and briefly critiqued in relation to the topics discussed. A practical lighting design for Mary’s Wedding will be given as homework. This homework will form the basis of a design be rigged, focused and plotted during the course, in consultation with the director. The design elements utilised in this practical will then be explored through discussion and evaluation of the difficulties encountered and the process behind creating a successful lighting design.
A basic knowledge and understanding of lighting equipment is recommended for those enrolling.

The Tutor: Nik Janiurek
Nik Janiurek is an award-winning lighting designer and production manager for theatrical performances and events. Originally from the UK, he has toured internationally and worked with companies as diverse as the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Bristol Old Vic, Auckland Theatre Company, Black Grace and Robert LePage to name a few. His work includes Masi (Te Papa, NZ International Arts Festival 2012), The Pitmen Painters (Q Theatre), The Bone Feeder (TAPAC), The Cloud (Rugby World Cup 2011), Deadly (Downstage Theatre), Michael Parmenter’s Tent (Maidment Theatre), Gathering Clouds (Civic Theatre, Auckland Festival 09), Auckland Festival Club (Lower NZI, The Edge), Cats (Civic Theatre – Technical Management only), Carol & Nev (Basement), ATC’s God of Carnage (Maidment Theatre), Station to Station (Herald Theatre), High School Musical 2 (ASB Theatre), The Creditors (Musgrove Theatre). Te Po (Auckland & Wellington Arts Festivals 2016), Little Shop of Horrors (International tour 2015), The Magic Chicken (International tour 2015), Douglas Wright’s The Kiss Inside (NZ tour 2015), 360 – A Theatre of Recollections (Civic Theatre), Mamma Mia (Civic Theatre), Wizard of Oz (ASB Theatre), ATC’s The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate (Bruce Mason Centre), Flora (The White House).

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