“A Lighting Designer is in charge of all the lighting aspects of a theatre production - from what types of light are put where in the theatre, to how brightly those lights are turned on during the show, to what colour they’re in, to how they’re focused and to the overall stage picture. So essentially the picture you see on stage is edited and colourised by the Lighting Designer.”
A Lighting Designer is in charge of all the artistic decisions for the lighting of a production. They work closely with the director and designer to create a lighting design that’s integral to the overall look and feel of a production. This could be literal, by indicating time of day or location, marking the passage of time, or more abstractedly representing mood or atmosphere. A good lighting design combines with all the other elements of a production - playwright, actors, director and designers - to help tell the story.
Vocational training in Lighting Design is available within drama schools but most Lighting Designers start without any formal training in the field of lighting design. Instead they learn on-the-job by working as Lighting Technicians, operating lighting equipment and programming lighting desks, and learning from more experienced designers. Work placements in theatres are a good way into the profession. Student and fringe theatre also offer good opportunities to develop skills and establish industry contacts.
Other courses are available. Those above represent a sample from various drama schools and universities.