Affordable Lighting Design workshop

The lighting design for the hit show Evita is just one of the designs done by Nik Janiurek in his long career. Photo supplied

If you have always wanted to learn about lighting design for theatre, now’s your chance.

Coming up on April 13-14 at Howick Little Theatre (HTL) is an opportunity to learn from one of New Zealand’s top lighting designers, Nik Janiurek.

Originally from the UK, Nik has toured internationally and worked with companies as diverse as the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Bristol Old Vic, Auckland Theatre Company, New Zealand Opera, New Zealand Dance Company and Atamira Dance Company to name a few.

And he will be working with a small group of 12, aged 13 years and over, on the design for an actual production.

This workshop, designed with beginners and intermediate amateur lighting practitioners in mind, is made affordable with funding from Creative Communities NZ/Auckland Council, and costs just $60.

Participants will explore the process and intricacies of lighting a theatrical show and proceed to design, rig and plot the lighting design for an actual production, The Spirit of Annie Ross, which opens to the public at Howick Little Theatre on May 4.

During the course, various topics will be touched on, including: use of particular instruments; importance of angles; choice of colour; special effects; parameters of design — based around the show, venue, resources, etc; realising the design on paper; implementing the design; cue plotting and cue timings.

Several professional designs will be explored and briefly critiqued in relation to the topics discussed. And reference to HLT’s upcoming production of  The Spirit of Annie Ross will also be prominent in the discussions.

A practical lighting design for a particular scenario will be given at the end of the initial day. This will form the basis of a design to be rigged and focused on the second day, and some cues plotted, if time allows.

The design elements used in this practical will then be explored through discussion and evaluation of the difficulties encountered and the process behind creating a successful design.

A basic knowledge and understanding of lighting equipment is recommended for those enrolling.

  • To sign up for the workshop, download a registration form from the HLT website and return it to the theatre.
  • Or contact the office, 534-1401 or for further information.



Where: Howick Little Theatre, Lloyd Elsmore Park, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga.

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 10am–4pm.