Student working on a research project.

Design Simulation

Lighting simulation programs are industry standard in architecture where an environment has a single "lighting look." In theatre, "lighting looks" constantly change throughout the course of a singular performance. The theatrical designer to achieve a wide variety of effects controls hundreds of fixtures, many with varying attributes. If they simulated their "lighting looks" in advance, how would the role of theatrical lighting designer evolve in the collaborative process? How must a set designer draft in order for simulations to be possible? Research includes testing lighting simulation software in two production processes, musical theatre and ballet. National conferences and the Live Design and TDsquared blogs will serve as forums for presenting findings.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Architecture, computer science
Student Skill-Set Needed: Ability to draft in Vectorworks Spotlight, knowledge of theatrical lighting fixtures, phone skills, ability to work independently
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Lynne M. Koscielniak
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Theatre And Dance
Office: 186 Alumni Arena
Phone: 716-645-0574