Fall 2020

Lighting Design

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-261

Formerly listed as: THDA-42

Moodle site: Course


Kathy C. Couch (Section 01)


An introduction to the theory and techniques of lighting for performance, with emphasis on the aesthetic, historical, cultural, and practical aspects of the art form. Students' practice of the techniques will be grounded in the deepening of understanding the way light acts upon the body and, thus, shapes our perceptions, our meaning-making, and our lived experiences. 

For Fall 2020, the THDA 261: Lighting Design and THDA 263: Scene Design classes will also work together to explore the intersections between the two disciplines. Students are also likely to collaborate on projects with students in THDA 353: Performance Studio.

The course will likely be conducted in a combination of formats, both online and through in-person interaction. Options for an entirely remote experience will be integrated into the course for those students unable to return to campus. 

Requisite: THDA 112 or consent of the instructor.  Lab work in lighting technology.  Fall semester. Resident Lighting Designer Couch.


Artistic Practice


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021