Lighting Workshop with Rob Robertson

Sunday, December 17, 2017 was truly a day to remember. Rob Robertson, one of our lighting designers, gave The UC Theatre’s education program participants the inside scoop on our lights. Being the Education Program Coordinator, I’m not exaggerating when I say that this day really lit up souls. Participants learned: basic functions of our lighting board, how to identify light fixtures and create gobos, how to create light demos and design lights for a song, and even more. Everyone that participated was able to get hands on experience using the light board and I am so grateful that I was able to witness my interns having so much fun while learning.


See what’s inside! Rob opened up an LED and showed our participants how each fixture is created from the inside of the light. This was very impressive to see program participants both engaged and captivated. Just imagine 20 participants on stage mesmerized by one light; it happened! Jaws dropped in amazement as the LED spun and moved in many different angles. Hearing voices say wow, “oh my gosh”,” its so cool”, “it’s like a drone”, was well worth it. The UC Theatre’s Concert Career Pathways program outreach intern, Nehemiah Murray, said, “ My favorite part of the workshop was getting on the lighting board and programing lights for a song. The workshop really gave me a better understanding of what it is like to program lights for a concert”.


Rob spoke about the different careers one can have as a lighting person such as an Electrician or Master Electrician at theatre venues, lighting designer, light board operator, light board programer, among many other jobs within the electric department. I’m guessing there might be a group of electricians coming to a venue near you in about 4 years.


Thanks to Rob Robertson for creating this hands on lighting workshop for The UC Theatre. I hope there will be more!