Lighting Design

How Lighting Affects Actors

BY: CASEY MINK via For Off-Broadway’s “The Last Match,” Tony-winning lighting designer Bradley King was tasked with lighting a drama evocative of an actual tennis court while maintaining the usual elements of theatricality. Lighting is omnipresent. “A lighting designer is responsible for turning on and off every light that you see in the theater. The ultimate goal of that is to make the audience feel something. The great Jennifer Tipton, who’s basically one of the inventors of modern lighting design, has this quote that’s something like, ‘One percent of the audience is aware of lighting design, but 99 percent is affected by it.’ “ On lighting ‘The Last Match.’ “We use lighting to create a little depth of field and have the background recede and pull someone out in the for...

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