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Jess Bernberg

Collaboration. Colour. Environmental Sustainability.

For details on Jess's work and an updated portfolio, please see her website: www.jessbernberglighting.co.uk

Represented by Dan Usztan at United Agents.

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
FCUK'D Theatre The Bunker Theatre
Eastlake Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Niall Ransome
Set designer: Grace Venning
Dec 2017
And The Rest Of Me Floats Theatre Rose Lipman Building, Birmingham Rep
Outbox Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Ben Buratta
Set designer: Rūta Irbīte
Sep 2017, Nov 2017
And The Rest Of Me Floats Theatre Rose Lipman Building, Birmingham Rep
Outbox Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Ben Buratta
Set designer: Rūta Irbīte
Sep 2017, Nov 2017
Balm in Gilead Theatre Silk St Theatre, Barbican Centre
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Jo Blatchley
Set designer: Dora Schweitzer
Mar 2017
SQUIRM Theatre King's Head Theatre
Appetite Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Chris Davis
Feb 2017
The Same Deep Water As Me Theatre Milton Court Theatre
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Jo McInnes
Set designer: Amelia Jane Hankin
Feb 2017
WAYWARD Theatre Vault Festival, London
Cat Loud
Lighting Designer Director: Cat McLeod
Jan 2017
The Selfish Giant Theatre Arcola Theatre Studio 1
Creative Engagement
Lighting Designer Director: Bec Martin-Williams
Set designer: Loukia Minetou
Dec 2016
FLUX: Shadowlines Dance King's Place Hall Two Lighting Designer Choreographer: Richard Bermange
Nov 2016
This is Matty, and He is Fucked Theatre Winemaker's Club
Appetite Theatre in collaboration with Matchstick Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Jesse Angelo
Set designer: Andy Hart
Oct 2016
August Theatre Milton Court Studio
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Lighting Designer Director: Wyn Jones
Set designer: Libby Watson
Oct 2016
Youkali: The Pursuit of Happiness Theatre Arcola Theatre Studio Two
Grimeborne Festival
Lighting Designer Director: Angeliki Petropetsioti
Sep 2016
The Dowager's Oyster Opera Arcola Theatre Studio 1
Belsize Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Cherry
Set designer: Anna Driftmeir
Aug 2016
SQUIRM Theatre Bread & Roses Theatre, Theatre503, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Appetite Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Bulmer
, Director: Oli Yellop
Jul 2016
Flashback to the Forties Theatre Milton Court TV Studio Lighting Designer Set designer: Tom Jackson Oct 2015
Rockers Theatre Rich Mix
Hermanos Brothers @ Nuestra CASA Scratch Night
Lighting Designer Sep 2015
Glitter & Tears Theatre Bread & Roses Theatre, theSpace UK
Appetite Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Donya Pandkhahi
Aug 2015
Hamlet & Ophelia Theatre C venues (Edinburgh)
Lund Players
Lighting Designer Director: Matt Bulmer
Aug 2014
After The Dance Theatre Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Tower Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Dan Usztan
Set designer: Michael Bettell
Jul 2014

And The Rest Of Me Floats

The lighting and sound design – from Jess Bernberg and Dominic Kennedy, respectively – were subtle but creative, making the most of the otherwise rather limited space. Both were used particularly well in a scene where the cast undressed and redressed onstage, corralled and exposed with a spotlight.
Louis Shankar, HisKind 15/09/2017
Jess Bernberg’s lighting emphasises its generally sombre mood.
Keith Mckenna, British Theatre Guide 13/09/2017

SQUIRM

Switching between timelines, Jess Bernberg’s lighting design transports between scenes; one moment, a pub’s fairy lights adds romance to a bleak meeting of two individuals, then the grey drags back the grimness of Rory’s bathroom. It encompasses the stage, and on a small budget, with discomfort, places the audience into Rory’s private and disgusting state.
Madhia Hussain, Live Theatre UK 11/03/2017
The lighting, by Jess Bernberg, is one of the highlights (pun intended): fairy lights create for us the atmosphere of a pub garden, red bulbs put us in a macabre mood, and spotlights send us to new locations and situations.
Rhiannon D'Averc, Hiive 22/07/2016
The lighting design by Jess Bernberg managed to change the location from bathroom to pub to lounge in a way that the simple staging shouldn’t have allowed.
Rob Warren, Everything Theatre 22/07/2016

This is Matty, and He is Fucked

Jess Bernberg’s talent is apparent with her ensuring all actors and the action takes place under well-lit areas, something I imagine is difficult to achieve in a venue not designed for theatrical performances.
Madhia Hussain, Live Theatre UK 18/10/2016
Theatre:
  • International
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Education Establishment
Musical:
  • Small Scale / Fringe
  • Pantomime
Dance:
  • Small Scale
Education:
  • Workshops
Contact method Details
Email address jessbernberg@hotmail.com
Agent name Dan Usztan
Agent email DUsztan@unitedagents.co.uk
Agent website www.unitedagents.co.uk/jess-bern...

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