Above: Danny Vavrečka, the 2023 Design Lumiere, onstage at the National Theatre, where he was working with Bruno Poet on The Witches.
Established by the ALPD in 2015, the Lumière Scheme is an exciting professional development programme that provides pathways into the industry for emerging lighting practitioners and designers.
The ALPD are pleased that they will partner with Glyndebourne on this scheme for the third year running and delighted to announce that this year they can also offer a second scheme: The Production Lumière Scheme.
A pathway scheme for emerging lighting designers, the Design Lumière Scheme gives the successful candidate valuable experience of working professionally as an assistant lighting designer for six months. For the first three months, the Lumière will be placed at Glyndebourne, assisting visiting lighting designers within the lighting and AV department.
Danny Vavrečka, the 2023 Design Lumière, wrote of his time with the team at Glyndebourne “I’m so grateful for their support and all the combined knowledge they have generously shared with me.”
In the second stage, the Design Lumière will be matched with a number of established lighting designers and will spend a total of three months assisting them, travelling around the country. The Production Lumiere will spend four weeks at Regent’s Park Theatre and a further two weeks at Lamp & Pencil. Alongside this, each Lumière will receive a bespoke package of mentoring and support. The Design Lumière may have the opportunity to take on associate lighting designer roles toward the end of their attachments. Previous Design Lumières include: Charlotte Burton, Rachel Cleary, Alex Musgrave, Jason Addison and Ed Saunders.
The Production Scheme will offer a 12 week placement at Glyndebourne, Regent’s Park Theatre and Lamp & Pencil alongside established freelance and resident Production Electricians and Programmers. The Scheme will provide mentorship and real-world experiences over a period of 4 months. The Lumiere on the scheme will make contacts and gain invaluable experience to enable them to take the next steps in their careers.
Johanna Town, Chair of the ALPD says “We are delighted that we have been able to extend our Lumiere Scheme in 2024 by adding an opportunity for a Production Lumiere in 2024 in line with our commitment to support all those who work in lighting for live performance.”
Applications are welcome from anyone who has a minimum of one year’s professional experience working in the industry. The ALPD cannot accept anyone who is currently in full-time education.
The ALPD are committed to inclusivity and are actively encouraging applications from those who feel they are currently under-represented in the UK theatre industry. We would also like to encourage applicants who may have moved away from theatre for various reasons and want to return to the industry. You do not need to be a member of the ALPD to apply for the Lumière Scheme. Applications close on 11th December for Production Lumiere and 16th December for Design Lumiere.
Further information about the positions and how to apply can be found at: https://www.thealpd.org.uk/training/the-alpd-lumiere-scheme