Mihaela Bodlovic

The ALPD Lumiere Scheme

The ALPD Production Lumière Scheme.

Applications for the pilot Production Lumière Scheme are now open!  Applications and further information can be found here.

Established in 2015, the Lumière Scheme is an exciting professional development programme that provides pathways into the industry for emerging lighting practitioners and designers. We are very pleased to be working towards running both Design & Production Lumière Schemes, details of which will be announced in due course. There will be a virtual pilot Production Scheme this year.

Between 2015 and 2019 we have supported four successful participants of the Design Scheme, and in 2020 provided mentorship between 38 participants and 35 Lighting Designers through Lumière 20:20, as well as group discussions and talks with the 22 participants of Team Lumière.

More information about both the Design & Production Schemes, as well as the Lumière 20:20 & Team Lumière mentorship programmes, which were developed in response to the pandemic, can be found here:

·       Production Lumière Scheme.

·       Design Lumière Scheme.

·       Lumière 20:20 & Team Lumière Schemes.

To see what our fundraising events are, or to donate towards the Lumière Scheme, please visit www.gofundme.com/f/a-light-walk or our Donation Page.

If you would like to know more about what it is like to take part in the Lumière Scheme you can hear from our previous participants here:

·       Lumière 20:20 & Team Lumière

·       2019: Alex Musgrave

·       2018: Jason Addison

·       2016: Rachel Cleary

·       2015: Charlotte Burton

Previously the Design Lumière Scheme has funded a successful applicant for a six-month period during which they have been able to assist a range of established designers in a number of venues, working in an assistant capacity on a diverse range of new productions. It’s a scheme designed to create a pathway for lighting practitioners into the world of live performance and to encourage and develop the roles of assistant and associate Lighting Designers.

With our new name, the ALPD, we are bringing the Lumière Scheme to the Production roles within the lighting team - a pathway scheme for emerging lighting technicians in the theatre industry, focusing on two strands - Production Electrics and Lighting Programming.

Production Lumière 2021

We are running an online pilot scheme this autumn. This is a virtual scheme as we acknowledge the on-going uncertainty of placing extra people into teams working within Covid cohorts and testing regimes as the theatre industry reopens. 

Five emerging lighting practitioners will be chosen from applications and then will be paired with 5 professional mentors, representing a wide spectrum of work, for a series of workshops, discussions and masterclasses.

It is an exciting opportunity that gives Lumières direct access to a Production Electrician or Programmer and to inspire conversations about the role, the craft and the life. 

We will begin the Scheme on Thursday 16th September with a group online conversation for everyone involved. This will be followed by an initial individual session with your mentor. There will then be a series of masterclasses focused on the two strands of the scheme: Production Electrics and Lighting Programming - these sessions will be open to all Lumières enrolled on the scheme.  Throughout the masterclass weeks, your individual mentor will be your point of contact for any follow-up questions from the topics discussed. The last session will be a final individual session with your professional mentor, a chance to reflect on what you’ve learnt over the scheme and develop a plan for building on this experience. We will then conclude with a virtual social and networking event. 

Although this is a ‘virtual’ project, we very much hope that there will be some real professional relationships established through the Scheme that may come to fruition when we all get back to work.

We welcome Production Lumière applications from anyone who has a minimum of one years’ professional experience in the industry. The ALPD are committed to inclusivity and are actively encouraging applications from those 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. For this opportunity we cannot consider anyone who is currently in full time education.

Participating Lumières and professional mentors will both receive a micro bursary of £175.00. Even during this difficult time for our industry we want to invest, support and encourage you in your practice at this time.

The ALPD embraces and encourages diversity in many forms and are committed to inclusivity among our community members, including all members, associates and collaborators. We define diversity as people of different backgrounds, races, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, beliefs, religions, socio-economic statuses, and more, and inclusivity as an approach where we respect, welcome, encourage, and engage diverse perspectives. Our strength and success as an organisation is built on the foundation of a wide range of perspectives and experiences.


Apply now! Applications to be a Lumiere and a Mentor can be downloaded here:

Lumiere application: (PDF Lumiere application download).

Mentor application: (PDF Mentor application download). 



The ALPD Design Lumière Scheme.

The Design Lumière Scheme is an exciting professional development programme that provides pathways into lighting design for the most promising emerging designers by giving them a paid opportunity to assist and be mentored by a number of established professional designers across a range of productions across the UK.

As an Assistant Lighting Designer, the Lumière will be supporting designers, using their existing skills and have the opportunity to develop both professional and personal skills in real-life production situations.

The Lumière will receive one-on-one mentorship with their assigned LD’s over the period and will partake in a written development scheme to promote and challenge them.

Our own fundraising as well as external award bodies fund the scheme and this provides the Lumière with a fee and to assist with day-to-day costs of being in production over the duration of the schedule.

When seeking candidates, we look for those already working within the theatre industry who want to rise to the challenge of working along-side professionals at the highest level.

The application process is simple; Candidates initially submit a CV and covering letter, those shortlisted are invited to an industry panel interview to discuss their previous work, their goals and the opportunities on the scheme open to them.

The ALPD’s aim for any Lumière graduate will be that they are employable by producers and Lighting Designers as they have had first-hand experience of being an Assistant Lighting Designer and they are acknowledged widely by the industry as a graduate of the scheme. 

Check back on here for more news for 2022 applications, we are monitoring the changes in our industry in response to the pandemic and will announce details when appropriate.





Lumière 20:20 & Team Lumiere.

During 2020, and with impact of the pandemic on the industry, a major shift was required to adapt the program for the changed world and social distancing. Lumière 20:20 was created. We aimed to pair 20 emerging lighting artists with 20 professional lighting designers on a one-to-one basis with the goal that over a 10-week period each pairing would virtually meet and discuss a set topic of the week and open the way for further conversation about design, the industry and individual process.

The response was huge from both new lighting talent and designers. Due to the generosity of both participating designers and a donation from the estate of ALPD-Fellow Mick Hughes, the scheme was able to expand further. The cohort grew to 38 Lumières on the 20:20 scheme and Team Lumière was created to “meet” on a regular basis to discuss the subject of the week and to be joined by featured designers and practitioners for Q & A opportunities led by Rory Beaton.

Application to the scheme was by CV and covering letter from the prospective Lumière and a short statement by the Designer. The admin team paired each application together.

Participants were also offered a micro-bursary to recognise their work and commitment.  

We are proud of the response to the scheme as the uptake came from Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Italy, Poland, Malaysia, Australia and the US and across many aspects of production lighting – therefore the conversations had a huge breadth of knowledge and experience that were invaluable to the participants.


Lumière 20:20 were: 

Sophie Bailey, Gianni Bertolli , Adam Archet, Michael Brenkley, Adam Murdoch, Fee Dalgleish, Holly Ellis, Hazuki Mogan, Cara Hood, Catja Hamilton, Charlotte McAdam, Sam Osbourne, Euan Davis, Fadzil Hanafi, Alan Mooney, Hannah Walker, Max Colbran, Callum Macdonald, Jane Lalljee, Nina Field, Jen Roxburgh, Jess Addinall, Will Monks, Krzysztof Gantner, Alex Fernandes, Adam Foley, Lucía Sánchez Roldán, Ruth Green, Eleni Thomaidou, Jev Laverick, Seb Blaber, Sherry Coenen, Aiden Bromley, Tamykha Patterson, Tom Lightbody, Kieron Johnson, William Hayman & Simi Majekodunmi. 


Thank you to our mentors: 

Richard Howell, Mark Jonathan, Mike Robertson, Daniella Beattie, Rob Sinclair, Lee Curran, Aideen Malone, Jessica Hung Han Yun, Matt Haskins, Declan Randall, Charlie Morgan Jones, Sherry Coenen, Malcolm Rippeth, Paul Lim, Charles Balfour, Zoe Spurr, Jason Addison, Mark Jonathan, Lucy Carter, Kathy Perkins, Mike Le Fevre, Howard Hudson, Lizzie Powell, Bruno Poet, Natasha Chivers, David Howe, Nic Farman, Elanor Higgins, Simon Wilkinson, Ric Mountjoy, Jon Clark, Nick Schlieper, Ken Billington, Rick Fisher, Adam Silverman & Ben Cracknell.


Team Lumière were: 

Bethany Gupwell, Dan Heesem, Iain Young, Joseph Ed Thomas, Lauren Flynn, Lewis Hannaby, Lucy Adams, Matt Whale, Nathan Storm, Noah Jones, Ellen Butterworth-Evans, Gabriel Finn, Zoe Beeny, Matthew Lofting, Amy Cadwallader, Jack Wills, Jon Stacey, Tom Boase, Sam Ohlsson, Layla Bradbeer, Ethan Kent & Fred Rayment.

Thank you to Rory Beaton and our guest speakers: 

Simon Wilkinson, Lucy Carter, Jessica Hung Han Yun, Bruno Poet, Johanna Town, Prema Mehta, Declan Randall, Tim Mitchell, Malcolm Rippeth, Lee Curran, Mark Jonathan, James Farncombe, Howard Hudson, Tom Mulliner, Dale Driscoll, Rob Sinclair, Patrick Woodroffe, Nic Farman, Kate Bonney, Simon Hayes, Pete Lambert, Martin Chisnall, Neil Austin, Lizzie Powell, Aideen Malone, Ben Ormerod, Anthony Arblaster, Victoria Brennan, Ben Cracknell, Charlotte Burton, Sarah Brown, Max Narula, Kathy Perkins, Joshua Pharo and Paule Constable.




The micro-bursaries for Lumière 20:20 have been made possible by use of the Mick Hughes (1939-2018) memorial funds.


In 2008 ALPD Fellow Mick Hughes was the first winner of TMA Award for Best Lighting Design. 

Mick Hughes’s pared-back and beautiful work, that almost always featured L201, had “a subtle, almost stealthy artistry that drew attention to the play and players, not to itself.”

(The Guardian). His designs have had a huge influence on the UK’s stages that still resonates today. 

More Information

For more information or to discuss the Lumière scheme in detail, please contact the ALPD’s Lumière scheme working group.



The 2019 Lumière Scheme was supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation:


With thanks for their continual support with the scheme:



Supporting Lighting Designers in 2020

Adam Silverman Aideen Malone Ben Cracknell Bruno Poet
Charles Balfour Charlie Morgan Jones Charlotte Burton Daniella Beattie
David Howe Declan Randall Elanor Higgins Howard Hudson
Jason Addison Jessica Hung Han Yun Jon Clark Katharine Williams
Kathy Perkins   Ken Billington Lee Curran Lizzie Powell 
Lucy Carter Malcolm Rippeth   Mark Jonathan  Matt Haskins
Mike Le Fevre Mike Robertson Natasha Chivers Nic Farman
Nick Schliper Paul Lim Peter Mumford  Ric Mountjoy
 Richard Howell Rick Fisher Rob Sinclair Rory Beaton
Sherry Coenen  Simon Wilkinson Tamykha Patterson Zoe Spurr