Lighting Design

At Harvard, the lighting designer is usually called upon to both create the conceptual lighting design and to implement the design in the actual space. This involves deciding which lights to use and where to place them in the theatre, which color gels and which effects to use in a show, as well as the practical knowledge of how to hang the lights and cue the show. Lighting designers may be responsible for hanging the lights and the more hands-on aspects of lighting a show as well as designing the various looks and deciding on schemes.

Costume Design

The costume designer is the person in charge of designing, making, and fixing all the costumes for a play. You make sure that every actor that walks onto the stage has Articles of clothing appropriate to the director’s vision, and yours. What this entails is either finding or constructing all of these pieces of clothing, jewelry, hats, etc. and making sure that the actors both look good and feel comfortable. Sometimes this job can encompass making certain kinds of props (especially fabric related ones or certain accessory-type objects).


This section of the handbook deals with resources related to designing for the stage - be it sound, lights, costume, set, or video.