The ALPD Lumiere Scheme

The ALPD Lumière Scheme.

The ALPD are delighted to announce that we are now recruiting for our Lumière Scheme 2024. This year we are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Glyndebourne and to be offering both a Design Lumière Scheme AND a Production Lumière Scheme.

What is the ALPD Lumière Scheme?

Established in 2015, the Lumière Scheme is an exciting professional development programme that provides pathways into the industry for emerging lighting practitioners and designers.

Between 2015 and 2023 we have supported six successful participants of the Design Lumière 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. In 2021, we launched our pilot Production Lumière Scheme for emerging production electricians and programmers with 5 participants all receiving mentorship, a paid work placement opportunity and weekly online workshops.

In 2022 and 2023, we successfully returned to our 6-month format and continue this with the 2024 Design Lumière Scheme. A pathway scheme for emerging lighting designers, it gives them valuable experience of working professionally as an assistant lighting designer for six months. This year’s Scheme consists of two parts. Initially, they will be placed at Glyndebourne, assisting visiting lighting designers within the lighting and AV department.  

In the second stage, the Lumière will be matched with a number of established lighting designers and will spend three months assisting them, travelling around the country. Alongside this, each Lumière will receive a bespoke package of mentoring and support, a toolkit for how to survive and thrive as a lighting designer: anything from getting an agent and building a portfolio to navigating challenging situations. The Lumière may have the opportunity to take on associate lighting designer roles toward the end of their attachments.

The Production Lumière Scheme will run with a four-month Scheme.  The first 12 weeks will be at Glyndebourne, followed by placements at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and Lamp & Pencil.

Thank you to Glyndebourne, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Lamp & Pencil and all those who generously donate to make the Lumière Scheme possible.

Am I eligible to apply?

We welcome Lumière applications from anyone who has a minimum of one year’s professional experience working in the industry. Unfortunately, we 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 Design Lumière Scheme.

To find out more and to apply to the 2024 Scheme visit : More Information and Applying:  Design Lumière  or  Production Lumière.

To donate towards the Lumière Scheme, please visit our Donation Page.

For more information about the history of the scheme please visit: The History of the Lumière Scheme.