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Lighting Commission Offers Portfolio Reviews
at Conference

Sabrina Hamilton
Lighting Commission

The Lighting Commission will offer half-hour portfolio reviews for lighting designers of all levels, undergraduate, graduate, and professional, at the 45th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Toronto.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get a constructive, outside assessment of work by a pair drawn from a pool of outstanding lighting professionals and educators. 

The Lighting Design Portfolio should begin with a resume. It should include all the following, itemized materials for at least one realized production, although for some undergraduates it may be that only classroom projects are available. For the graduating MFA student or the working professional, it may be appropriate to fully document two or three disparate productions to indicate a range of styles and experiences. It is impractical to include all 11 items for every show. However, there is an expectation that any realized productions included in the portfolio will be represented by a minimum of a light plot and a production photo or two.

Materials generally used to document productions include: a script analysis/conceptual statement/lighting analysis, a scene breakdown/cue synopsis, communication tools (storyboards, sketches, painted renderings, collages, photographs, or a computer simulation), evidence of research, a centerline section, a light plot or lighting layout, a channel hookup and dimmer schedule, an instrument schedule, a patch list, a magic sheet and cheat sheet, and documentation of the design (reviews, photographs, videos, and slides). You may choose to supplement these materials with evidence of work in other theatrical design fields, the fine arts, or technical areas.

Everything should be labeled clearly with enough information so the viewer can easily determine what the production is and for which element(s) the presenter was responsible. Material should be organized in a manner that allows for easy retrieval and a coherent review. Neatness counts!

Portfolio Review applications (PDF) can be found here and on the Conference area of the USITT web page. Sign up in advance for a guaranteed portfolio review slot before the Conference. Sign-up sheets will also be posted in Toronto for any remaining slots.

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