Photograph from Definitely, Maybe, Actually, Nevermind - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: Lexi Clare | From the show Definitely, Maybe, Actually, Nevermind
Photograph from A Midsummer Night's Dream - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: Johannes Hjorth | From the show A Midsummer Night's Dream
Photograph from Duck - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: Steve Gregson | From the show Duck
Photograph from A Midsummer Night's Dream - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: Johannes Hjorth | From the show A Midsummer Night's Dream
Photograph from Patient Light - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: Thomas Byron | From the show Patient Light
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Catja Hamilton

Catja is a freelance Lighting Designer working predominantly in theatre, but with an interest in all art forms. She co-runs Airlock Theatre and is a Resident Designer at NDT Broadgate.

Previous productions include: 'The 4th Country' (Park Theatre); 'Patient Light' (The Undercroft); 'Hot Gay Time Machine' (Soho Theatre); 'how we love' (Theatre Peckham, Arcola Outside, VAULT Festival); 'The Establishment Versus Sidney Harry Fox' (Above the Stag); 'Take Care', 'TUNA' (VAULT Festival); 'Venus and Adonis' (Bussey Building); 'ERIS' (Bunker Theatre). 

She has also worked as an Associate and Assistant on productions at the Hampstead Theatre and Southwark Playhouse, live-streams for the Young Vic, and was the inaugural Creative Team Associate in Lighting on the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's production of 'Romeo and Juliet' in May 2021.

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Shake the City Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Amie Burns-Walker
Jul 2022
Duck Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Imy Wyatt Corner
Jul 2022
The Anarchist Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Ebenezer Bamgboye
Set designer: Caitlin Mawhinney
Jul 2022
Urinetown: The Musical Musical Bridewell Theatre
International College of Musical Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark
Jun 2022
Dolly Theatre Park Theatre, Park 90 Lighting Designer Director: Emily Aboud
May 2022
This Last Piece of Sky Theatre The Space Lighting Designer Director: Sibylla Archdale Kalid
May 2022
An Intervention Theatre Riverside Studios
Murmuration Studios
Lighting Designer Director: Alice Wordsworth
May 2022
Another America Theatre Park Theatre, Park 90 Lighting Designer Director: Joe Winters
Apr 2022
Definitely, Maybe, Actually, Nevermind Theatre The Space
Haus of Bollix
Lighting Designer Director: Kate Bauer
Mar 2022
Serena Flynn: Lizard King Theatre Camden People's Theatre, then touring Lighting Designer Director: Evie Fehilly
Set designer: Roisin Martindale
Mar 2022
The Marriage of Alice B Toklas by Gertrude Stein Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Ali Hunter
Director: Edward Einhorn
Set designer: Machiko Weston
Mar 2022
Running With Lions Theatre Lyric Hammersmith
Talawa Theatre Company
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Aideen Malone
Director: Michael Buffong
Set designer: Soutra Gilmour
Feb 2022
Best of Enemies: Best Seat In Your House Broadcast Theatre Young Vic & online Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Paule Constable
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Set designer: Bunny Christie
Jan 2022
The 4th Country Theatre Park Theatre, Park 90
Plain Heroines
Lighting Designer Director: Gabriella Bird
Set designer: Jida Akil
Jan 2022
How We Love Theatre Theatre Peckham
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Oct 2021
Hamlet: Best Seat In Your House Broadcast Theatre Young Vic & online Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Aideen Malone
Director: Greg Hersov
Set designer: Anna Fleischle
Oct 2021
Tuna Theatre Alexandra Palace
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Oct 2021
Patient Light Theatre The Undercroft
Eastern Angles
Lighting Designer Director: Scott Hurran
Set designer: Peter Butler
Oct 2021
Dumbledore Is So Gay Theatre Pleasance Theatre Main Stage Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Rory Beaton
Director: Tom Wright
Set designer: Natalie Johnson
Sep 2021
I Have Heard You Calling in the Night Theatre Union Theatre
Baylis Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Sibylla Archdale Kalid
Sep 2021
Hot Gay Time Machine Theatre Soho Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Lucy Moss
Aug 2021
How We Love Theatre Arcola Outside
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Aug 2021
The Establishment versus Sidney Harry Fox Theatre Above the Stag
Boys of The Empire
Lighting Designer Director: Glenn Chandler
Jul 2021
Romeo and Juliet Theatre Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Ciaran Bagnall
Director: Kimberley Sykes
Set designer: Naomi Dawson
Jun 2021
Take Care Theatre Network Theatre, Vault Festival
Écoute Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Zoe Templeman-Young
Mar 2020
How We Love Theatre The Cage, Vault Festival
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Feb 2020
The 4th Country Theatre The Crypt, Vault Festival
Plain Heroines
Lighting Designer Director: Gabriella Bird
Feb 2020
Tuna Theatre The Studio, Vault Festival
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Feb 2020
Venus and Adonis Theatre CLF Art Cafe Theatre
New Renaissance Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Sam Rayner
Set designer: Nik Corrall
Dec 2019
Shook Theatre Southwark Playhouse 'The Little'
Papatango Theatre Company
Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Johanna Town
Director: George Turvey
Set designer: Jasmine Swan
Oct 2019
Botticelli in the Fire Theatre Hampstead Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Johanna Town
Director: Blanche McIntyre
Set designer: James Cotterill
Oct 2019
She Sells Sea Shells Theatre Iron Belly
Scandal and Gallows Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Madeleine Skipsey
Aug 2019
Tuna Theatre King's Head Theatre
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Jul 2019
Maklena Theatre Camden People's Theatre
Night Train Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Maria Montague
Set designer: Nikki Charlesworth
Jun 2019
The Flies - Les Mouches Theatre The Bunker Theatre
Exchange Theatre
Production Electrician Lighting designer: Julien Bernard Grau
Director: David Furlong
Set designer: Ninon Fandre
Jun 2019
A Girl, Standing Theatre Theatre503
Back Talk Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Liam Blain
Set designer: Anna Reid
May 2019
ERIS Theatre The Bunker Theatre
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Set designer: Natalie Johnson
Sep 2018
Maklena Theatre Cambridge Junction, then touring
Night Train Theatre Company
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Rory Beaton
Director: Maria Montague
Set designer: Nikki Charlesworth
Jul 2018
Rabbit Theatre Theatre N16
Protocol Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Mar 2018
Wife Theatre OSO Arts Centre, Jermyn Street Theatre
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Oct 2017
Hot Gay Time Machine Non-professional Corpus Playroom Lighting Designer Director: Lucy Moss
Feb 2017
Hamlet Non-professional ADC Theatre & on tour round Europe, then touring
Cambridge European Theatre Group
Lighting Designer Director: Emma Blacklay-Piech
Dec 2016
Kursk Non-professional Bedlam Theatre
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Set designer: Jack Parham
Aug 2016
Madwomen in the Attic Non-professional C nova
Plain Heroines
Lighting Designer Director: Gabriella Bird
Aug 2016
Lagoon: The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show Non-professional ADC Theatre, Assembly Roxy, and US tour
Cambridge Footlights
Lighting Designer Director: Tom Fairbairn
Jun 2016
West Side Story Non-professional ADC Theatre
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club
Lighting Designer Director: Ellie Coote and Tom Taplin
Mar 2016
Measure for Measure Non-professional Cambridge Arts Theatre
The Marlowe Society
Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: William Reynolds
Director: Tom Littler
Set designer: Simon Kenny
Feb 2016
Tribes Non-professional ADC Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Set designer: Jack Parham
Nov 2015
A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre C Cubed
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club
Lighting Designer Director: Sarah Stacey and Chloe Slattery
Aug 2015
Titus Andronicus Non-professional C+2 Edinburgh Festival Lighting Designer Director: Gregory Forrest
Aug 2015
Othello Non-professional ADC Theatre
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Set designer: Emily Barker
May 2015
Cabin Pressure Non-professional Corpus Playroom
The Fletcher Players
Lighting Designer Director: Marthe de Ferrer and Joe Winters
Mar 2015
Attempts on Her Life Non-professional Corpus Playroom Lighting Designer Director: Tania Clarke
Feb 2015

The Anarchist

cleverly effective work from set designer Catlin Mawhinney and lighting designer Catja Hamilton
Miriam Gillinson, The Guardian 11/07/2022
Bamgboye provides some striking staging assisted by Catja Hamilton's abrasive lighting
Julia Rank, The Stage 11/07/2022

The 4th Country

'Catja Hamilton’s use of blue and purple washes lend an eerie feeling to the piece, atmospherically silhouetting the actors.'
Ruth Comerford, The Stage 18/02/2020
'The lighting designed by Catja Hamilton [...] mirror[s] the sadness and hopelessness of the stories told. Lighting is also used to highlight transitions between scenes, with the use of silhouette focus[ing] audience attention on the changing of the actors into their roles.'
Bethany-Jane Christian, Theatre Weekly 13/02/2020

Tuna

'[Suppa is] aided by the confident hand of Catja Hamilton’s lighting design, which subtly marks the changing moods.'
Euan Vincent, The Play's The Thing 12/02/2020

Venus and Adonis

'hauntingly lit'
The Prickle 10/12/2019

ERIS

Airlock Theatre's polished production - currently at the Bunker Theatre (and, to Johnson and lighting designer Catja Hamilton's credit, made for that space)
Arthur Jones, Arthur's Seat 17/10/2018
a master class in how to bring to life an otherwise sparse stage, (credit to lighting designer Catja Hamilton)
Jack The Lad Mag 26/09/2018

Hamlet

carefully crafted and fantastically executed lighting
Genevieve Cox, Varsity 18/01/2017

West Side Story

the contrasts between shadowy, filtered light in the darker scenes, and luminous spotlights of radiance in the romantic scenes starkly compare to create a balanced atmosphere for this gritty urban drama.
Ella Whiddett, Varisty 11/03/2016

Tribes

the naturalistic yet effective lighting design from Catja Hamilton gave the production a very professional edge, even before the play had started
Rosie Brown, The Tab

Othello

The lighting and sound design were together one of my favourite features of the play. The harsh orange light and pounding music of the pre-interval and ultimate scenes, combined with the superb acting in these moments, made me catch my breath.
Megan Dunne, Cambridge Theatre Review 20/05/2015
creatively atmospheric lighting design
The Tab
Theatre:
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Education Establishment
Musical:
  • Education Establishment
Education:
  • Workshops
Contact method Details
Email address catjahamilton@gmail.com

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