Understanding Stage Lighting

2023tue21mar6:00 pmtue8:00 pmUnderstanding Stage LightingWorkshop for all ages with Patrick Lavender -- FREE!6:00 pm - 8:00 pm REGISTERMORE INFOEvent TypeSpecial Event,Theatre,Workshop


(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Event Details

This workshop is designed to help Directors, Stage Managers, Producers, Technicians, Actors, and anyone else involved in the creation of theatre to develop and expand their understanding of stage lighting looks and possibilities.

  • Explore the effects of different lighting angles
  • Explore the basics of colour theory with light
  • Learn about different types of lighting fixtures
  • Learn about the basics of creating a lighting plot
  • Learn about lighting cues and cue timings

Participants should bring clean, indoor footwear and a water bottle.

The workshop is free but space is limited. Registration is required.



Patrick is a production designer and production manager for multiple performing arts disciplines, touring in Canada and internationally. His recent work includes Hamlet – set design (Stratford Festival, 2022), A Midsomer Night’s Dream – set design (Stratford Festival, 2021). He is currently handling (with Kaitlin Hickey) Producing and Production Design for The Book of Life (a Volcano Production in Association with The Woman Cultural Centre, Rwanda).

Other design work includes set, costume, lighting design for Ghost Quartet (Crow’s Theatre); set, lighting, sound design for The Book of Life (Volcano Theatre/Canadian Stage); set and lighting design for The Nether (Coal Mine Theatre); lighting design for It Comes in Waves (Bluemouth Inc./Necessary Angel Theatre); set and lighting design for Brave New World (Litmus Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille); set, costume, lighting design for Late Company (Surface Underground/Why Not Theatre).

Awards include Dora Award in Musical Theatre Design for Ghost Quartet (Crow’s Theatre); Dora Award in Lighting Design for The Nether (Coal Mine); Dora Award in Independent Set Design for Crawlspace (Videofag); Dora Award in Lighting Design for It Comes in Waves (Bluemouth Inc./Necessary Angel); Toronto Theatre Critics Award in Design for The Nether (Coal Mine).

  • The Nether features the most impressive design seen to date at the Coal Mine. — The Globe and Mail
  • … what Lavender has created is a marvel.” (The Nether) — Ludwig van Toronto
  • “Patrick Lavender has provided a fanciful set as befits the subject matter, and his lighting is ravishing.” (Ghost Quartet) — paulacitron.ca
  • The visual landscape is constantly reinventing itself as the characters travel through different lifetimes, aided by Patrick Lavenders stunning lighting design. The lighting is a faithful translation of the design from the live production a year prior, now remade to be captured on video.” (Ghost Quartet) — dartcritics.com video




THE NEXT GEN THEATRE PROJECT is an initiative of King’s Theatre that includes free workshops for both adults and youth to build on the community’s passion for creating theatre. The aim is to celebrate diversity, resilience & belonging in Kespukwitk. The project is supported by Canadian Heritage’s Celebration and Commemoration Program, Reopening Fund.



We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada.
Nous reconnaissons l’appui du gouvernement du Canada.



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