THEA 004. Lighting Design
Professor James Murphy
Class: Monday, 1:15 - 4:00PM in LPAC 310
Lab: Monday, 4:15 - 6:15PM in LPAC 1
This class explores the fundamentals of lighting design. The course objective is to introduce lighting concepts and how to express them for both theater and dance. It is intended to demystify an enormously powerful medium. Reading and class discussion provide a theoretical basis for such creativity while the assignments and projects provide the practice for this artistic endeavor.
About the Professor
James P. Murphy received his BA in Technical/Design Theater from SUNY at Albany in 1981. Since then Murph has worked as a Tech Director, Production Manager, Lighting and Sound designer throughout the Northeast. Murph is the resident Lighting Designer for the Dance Department at Swarthmore, as well as the Theater Department's Lighting Design Instructor.
Murph received a Barrymore Nomination for Sound design on The Arden Theater's Production of A Midsummer's Night Dream, and was the lighting designer for Mum Puppettheatre's 2005 production of that classic.
In Philadelphia his work has included in the 2004 Fringe Live Arts Festival for Sasha Welsh and Aryiani Manring and with Mum Puppettheatre as Lighting Designer for the critically acclaimed Puppetmaster of Lodz, Madwoman of Chaillot and Measuring Man, Seance.
Original dance lighting designs include Last Train to Philly for Doug Elkins and Dance of our Ancestors for Kariamu Welsh & Co.
With Swarthmore's Theater Department his recent lighting designs have been Bodas de Sangre, Hayavadana, Pop Out, The Other Shore, Mad Girl's Love Song, The Bacchai, Spring Awakening and Big Love.
This Course is open to all students without audition or prerequisite and it fulfills a general requirement for all future Theater majors and minors.