Behind The Scenes: Light Design
Take a look behind the theatre curtain into the roles and responsibilities of Light Designer Jim Vogt
Where are you from?
Born and raised in New Jersey, but I was living in North Carolina before coming here in January of 2014.
How did you learn how to light design for theatre?
Part of my training at Marietta College included learning about the technical elements of theatre. I didn't used to be interested in lighting design at all actually, but I definitely grew to love it!
You’re an actor as well, so what do you like about light design versus acting in a show?
I like how, in a way, they are almost opposites.The lighting becomes set in stone, while the acting can be ever evolving and shaping. Lighting design focuses on a bigger picture of a show, then specifically works to highlight moments. Whereas, for me at least, acting is about focusing on all of the little moments in order to highlight the bigger picture of a show.
What’s the most difficult part of light designing a show?
Having to do math... Just kidding. I think developing an artistic vision that complements the direction, set, sound, and costumes while still making sure it's funtional can be quite a challenge at times.
What’s your favorite part of light designing a show?
The same thing that makes it difficult is also the most enjoyable aspect. Developing an artistic vision can be painstaking, but to be able to bring ideas to life is something that we in theatre are privileged to be able to do every day.
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