Do you know a high school student interested or curious about opera and/or theatre?

Our new online Tech Academy gives high school students the opportunity to connect with professional mentors and explore career pathways in theater and opera production and design.

Saturday, May 1, 2021, 12-3pm
Lighting/Projection Design Workshop

Did you know that our production of The Magic Flute had over 677 lighting and projection cues? (Yes, really!) That's why our next Tech Academy Workshop focuses on lighting and projection design, where art and technology come together to make on-stage magic. Students will hear directly from professionals in the field exploring the art, science, and detailed processes of professional lighting and projection designers. Participating lighting and projection designers include Azra King-Abadi, José Lopez, Yee Eun Nam, and Duane Schuler.

Azra King Abadi 880Azra King-Abadi
Lopez Jose 880x880José Lopez
Nam Yee Eun 880x880Yee Eun Nam
Duane Schuler 880x880Duane Schuler

This Tech Academy experience includes three core workshops: 

  • Art of Lighting/Projection Design
    This workshop will cover shape and form, composition, color theory, emotion, and creating a cue sheet.

  • Science of Lighting/Projection Design
    This workshop will cover the physics of light, color mixing, instrument types, light boards, projectors and media servers, and power consumption.

  • Process of Lighting/Projection Design
    This workshop will cover script analysis, concept design meetings, cue sheets, light plots and paperwork, creating cues, tech week rehearsals, and performance responsibilities.

Other things to know:

  • Program is free, but spots are limited and reservations are required.
  • Each workshop includes opportunities for continued mentorship with LA Opera professionals and a clear path for using school resources to continue their production education
  • Workshops are provided safely via an LA Opera Zoom invitation.


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Made possible by an Opera America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.