By Kate Ellis VCE Drama Teacher
This week we had lighting designer Amelia Lever-Davidson teach us about the impact lighting can have on a performance piece and the mechanics of a lighting desk.
Amelia has had extensive training and experience as a lighting designer, completing a Postgraduate Diploma at The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2012 and studying Production at The Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts (WAAPA).
Amelia has worked in television for Chanel 9 and her recent theatre works include Sets (Dancehouse) MKA Double Feature (MTC Neon), Dream Home (Speak Easy) 10,000 Small Deaths (Dance Massive), Meta (Helium, Malthouse Theatre), Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting (Next Wave/ACMI), Arden v Arden (The Hayloft Project), Dropped (La Mama, Melbourne Fringe) and Foxfinder (Red Stitch). Amelia’s lighting designs for Dropped (Melbourne Fringe) and Foxfinder (Red Stitch) were both nominated for Green Room Awards in 2014.
By Amelia’s own admission, lighting jargon can be at times dry and complicated but, once you get the hang of the lighting desk you’re using, you can PLAY and bring many more layers to the performance piece you’re creating. It was great to have her along.