Lighting Design Sub-commission

2004 Lighting Design Working Group Report

Dec 26, 2004

LDWG looks back on a very succesfull meeting in Malmö Sweden and wants to thank Sunniva Telestam and subsequently the hosting organisations STTF and the organisation of NOTT’04 Rickart Bauer and team very much for hosting the Oistat Scenography Commission and LDWG and CDWG meetings.

The meetings of the LDWG were performed aside a second Scenography Commission meeting in 2004. Next to the business agenda there was a side program of theatre visits and NOTT conference lectures. The NOTT meeting was officially opened by the mayor in the city hall of Malmö with ceremonies, music and speeches and a wonderfull buffet lunch.

The NOTT’04 organised a great banquet in a deserted submarine construction hall around the corner of K3  where the NOTT was held. It was converted into a giant festival-hall with podium, lights and great catering.

The goal of the LDWG
The LDWG is initiated by the Scenography Commission of the OISTAT to advocate matters on lighting design, initiate projects and organise meetings, seminars, workshops, lectures and presentations for international professionals and students in the theatre. The importance is to understand the practice and the variety caused by cultural differences, never meaning to even out the differences but to understand and respect these and to unite people in their cultural differences. The LDWG is active in the ScenCom and its working groups as well as in other commisions of the OISTAT as on it’s own.

Mission statement of the LDWG
LDWG is a non profit international platform for theatrical lighting designers from al over the world connecting individuals as well as national/regional organisations of lighting designers. The mission is to grow understanding, respect and a sense of quality in the work and spread of lighting design in the world of live theatre and the performing arts. It is also meanth to enhance the relation and collaboration between the other members of the artistic teams that creates theatre. Lighting as a collaborative but seperate distinctive contribution to the theatre.

List of participants
s. Sunniva Thelestam Sweden S.C./ organising host
Mr. In Suk Suh Korea Chair S.C.
Mr. Robert Schmidt USA S.C.
Mr. John Faulkner U.K. S.C.
Mr. Jerome Maeckelbergh Belgium S.C.
Mr. Michael Ramsaur USA Chair E.C.+LDWG
Mr. Henk van der Geest Netherlands Head LDWG
Mr. Markku Uimonen Finland LDWG
Mr. Chris Van Goethem Belgium LDWG
Mr. Harry Cole Belgium LDWG
Ms. Margareta Andersen Danemark LDWG
Ms. Masako Ito Japan LDWG
Ms. Tomimori Japan LDWG
Mr. Mang Chao Wang (Austin) Taiwan LDWG
Ms. Laura Crow USA Head CDWG
Ms. Kazue Hatano Japan CDWG
Ms. Hyunjung Jo Korea CDWG
Ms. Jeongeun Oh Korea CDWG
List of regrets
MartheMaria Scheunemann (D)
Scott Palmer (UK)
Sabrina Hamilton (USA)



The following subjects were discussed in the meeting:
1.     After the PQ’03 that hold an informative meeting this was the first regular meeting of the LDWG. Therefore we had to establish our goals and projects to work on:

2.     The first posible meeting is Toronto where WSD, OISTAT worldcongress and USITT will meet. We need to speak about projects and sessions we can organise.

3.     We need to set up a meeting format so that we meet efficient and are able to as much work as possible.

4.     What are the opportunities and advantages of LDWG on the web.



1. The LDWG want to work towards PQ’s, to advocate lighting in the ScenCom by:

Action: all

2. LDWG wil take on activities to bring a website with information about lighting to life. Content would be:


 3. We will schedule next meeting in Toronto on the presentation of lighting design.
Action: Henkvan der Geest & Michael Ramsaur

4. We seek options and possibilities to organise workshops at meetings on national and international gatherings.
Action: Harry Cole & Henk van der Geest

5. We will communicate basicly by e-mail and via the chatbox on the OISTAT.org website.
Action: Henk will contact Gustav Kull about the possibilities of the website.

6. One of the side effects of the meeting in Sweden was that Nordic lighting people learned to know OISTAT and LDWG and showed interest to hearing more on future projects of the LDWG. The folwing put their names or cards on the list:

Nils Hansen - Norland teater – Norway  nils.hansen@nordlandteater.no

Minna Heikkilä - Finland  minna.heikkila@teak.fi

Irina Kumpalainen - student Finland  irina.kumpulainen@teak.fi

Anna Pöllänen - student Finland  anna.pollanen@teak.fi

Anna Wemmert Clausen - Light designer  anna.wemmert@hem.utfors.se

Ossi Tauriainen - Kristianstads Teater – Sweden  ossi.tauriainen@kristianstad.se

Hans C. Roupe – Sweden  hc.roupe@malmo.com

Sven-Erik Andersson – Sweden  sven.e.andersson@malmo.se

Rikard Persson  rikard-persson@telia.com