Photograph from A Girl, Standing - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: David Ackroyd | From the show A Girl, Standing
Photograph from Maklena - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: Nikki Charlesworth | From the show Maklena
Photograph from Kursk - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: Johannes Hjorth | From the show Kursk
Photograph from Tuna - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: Katerina Kotti | From the show Tuna
Photograph from Attempts on Her Life - lighting design by CatjaHamilton
Photographer: Johannes Hjorth | From the show Attempts on Her Life
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Catja Hamilton

Catja is a freelance Lighting Designer and Technician, and is the Technical Designer of Airlock Theatre. She has designed for everything from musicals to comedy shows, but specialises in theatre, focusing particularly on new writing as well as reinterpretations of canonical plays. She has previously worked as the Associate Lighting Designer to Rory Beaton.

Previous productions include: Tuna (Old Red Lion Theatre); She Sells Sea Shells (Underbelly); Maklena (Camden People’s Theatre); A Girl Standing (Theatre503); ERIS (The Bunker Theatre); Rabbit (Theatre N16); Wife (OSO Arts Centre and Jermyn Street Theatre); Hamlet (European tour); Kursk (Bedlam Theatre); Lagoon: The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show (US tour).

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Take Care Theatre Network Theatre, Vault Festival
Écoute Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Zoe Templeman-Young
Mar 2020
How We Love Theatre The Cage, Vault Festival
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Feb 2020
The 4th Country Theatre The Crypt, Vault Festival
Plain Heroines
Lighting Designer Director: Gabriella Bird
Feb 2020
Tuna Theatre The Studio, Vault Festival
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Feb 2020
Venus and Adonis Theatre CLF Art Cafe Theatre
New Renaissance Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Sam Rayner
Set designer: Nik Corrall
Dec 2019
Shook Theatre Southwark Playhouse 'The Little'
Papatango Theatre Company
Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Johanna Town
Director: George Turvey
Set designer: Jasmine Swan
Oct 2019
Botticelli in the Fire Theatre Hampstead Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Johanna Town
Director: Blanche McIntyre
Set designer: James Cotterill
Oct 2019
She Sells Sea Shells Theatre Iron Belly
Scandal and Gallows Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Madeleine Skipsey
Aug 2019
Tuna Theatre King's Head Theatre
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Jul 2019
Maklena Theatre Camden People's Theatre
Night Train Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Maria Montague
Set designer: Nikki Charlesworth
Jun 2019
The Flies - Les Mouches Theatre The Bunker Theatre
Exchange Theatre
Production Electrician Lighting designer: Julien Bernard Grau
Director: David Furlong
Set designer: Ninon Fandre
Jun 2019
A Girl, Standing Theatre Theatre503
Back Talk Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Liam Blain
Set designer: Anna Reid
May 2019
ERIS Theatre The Bunker Theatre
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Set designer: Natalie Johnson
Sep 2018
Maklena Theatre Cambridge Junction, then touring
Night Train Theatre Company
Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Rory Beaton
Director: Maria Montague
Set designer: Nikki Charlesworth
Jul 2018
Rabbit Theatre Theatre N16
Protocol Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Mar 2018
Wife Theatre OSO Arts Centre, Jermyn Street Theatre
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Oct 2017
Hot Gay Time Machine Non-professional Corpus Playroom Lighting Designer Director: Lucy Moss
Feb 2017
Hamlet Non-professional ADC Theatre & on tour round Europe, then touring
Cambridge European Theatre Group
Lighting Designer Director: Emma Blacklay-Piech
Dec 2016
Kursk Non-professional Bedlam Theatre
Airlock Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Set designer: Jack Parham
Aug 2016
Madwomen in the Attic Non-professional C nova
Plain Heroines
Lighting Designer Director: Gabriella Bird
Aug 2016
Lagoon: The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show Non-professional ADC Theatre, Assembly Roxy, and US tour
Cambridge Footlights
Lighting Designer Director: Tom Fairbairn
Jun 2016
West Side Story Non-professional ADC Theatre
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club
Lighting Designer Director: Ellie Coote and Tom Taplin
Mar 2016
Measure for Measure Non-professional Cambridge Arts Theatre
The Marlowe Society
Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting designer: William Reynolds
Director: Tom Littler
Set designer: Simon Kenny
Feb 2016
Tribes Non-professional ADC Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Set designer: Jack Parham
Nov 2015
Titus Andronicus Non-professional C+2 Edinburgh Festival Lighting Designer Director: Gregory Forrest
Aug 2015
A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre C Cubed
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club
Lighting Designer Director: Sarah Stacey and Chloe Slattery
Aug 2015
Othello Non-professional ADC Theatre
Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club
Lighting Designer Director: Robbie Taylor Hunt
Set designer: Emily Barker
May 2015
Cabin Pressure Non-professional Corpus Playroom
The Fletcher Players
Lighting Designer Director: Marthe de Ferrer and Joe Winters
Mar 2015
Attempts on Her Life Non-professional Corpus Playroom Lighting Designer Director: Tania Clarke
Feb 2015

The 4th Country

'Catja Hamilton’s use of blue and purple washes lend an eerie feeling to the piece, atmospherically silhouetting the actors.'
Ruth Comerford, The Stage 18/02/2020
'The lighting designed by Catja Hamilton [...] mirror[s] the sadness and hopelessness of the stories told. Lighting is also used to highlight transitions between scenes, with the use of silhouette focus[ing] audience attention on the changing of the actors into their roles.'
Bethany-Jane Christian, Theatre Weekly 13/02/2020

Tuna

'[Suppa is] aided by the confident hand of Catja Hamilton’s lighting design, which subtly marks the changing moods.'
Euan Vincent, The Play's The Thing 12/02/2020

ERIS

Airlock Theatre's polished production - currently at the Bunker Theatre (and, to Johnson and lighting designer Catja Hamilton's credit, made for that space)
Arthur Jones, Arthur's Seat 17/10/2018

Hamlet

carefully crafted and fantastically executed lighting
Genevieve Cox, Varsity 18/01/2017

West Side Story

the contrasts between shadowy, filtered light in the darker scenes, and luminous spotlights of radiance in the romantic scenes starkly compare to create a balanced atmosphere for this gritty urban drama.
Ella Whiddett, Varisty 11/03/2016

Tribes

the naturalistic yet effective lighting design from Catja Hamilton gave the production a very professional edge, even before the play had started
Rosie Brown, The Tab

Othello

The lighting and sound design were together one of my favourite features of the play. The harsh orange light and pounding music of the pre-interval and ultimate scenes, combined with the superb acting in these moments, made me catch my breath.
Megan Dunne, Cambridge Theatre Review 20/05/2015
creatively atmospheric lighting design
The Tab
Theatre:
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Education Establishment
Musical:
  • Education Establishment
Education:
  • Workshops
Contact method Details
Email address catjahamilton@gmail.com

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