Photograph from Curlew River - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Photographer: Sam B Cornish | From the show Curlew River
Photograph from Rhinoceros - lighting design by Edward Saunders
From the show Rhinoceros
Photograph from Curlew River - lighting design by Edward Saunders
Photographer: Sam B Cornish | From the show Curlew River

Edward Saunders

Ed is a lighting designer for stage and film. Starting out life in the theatre as a follow-spot operator at the Oxford Playhouse, Ed began lighting shows in black box studios as a student before scaling up to design for a range of venues across the UK and abroad, building a portfolio which includes site-specific work, fringe shows, and international touring productions.

He received a commendation for design from the National Student Drama Festival for his work on Gruffdog Theatre’s critically acclaimed Peer Gynt, and recently returned from Japan where he lit a touring production of Twelfth Night. He is currently lighting Luke Brown Dance's touring production of 'For You I Long The Longest', supported by Arts Council England.

Ed’s design background is in lighting works of physical theatre and storytelling; the desire for vibrancy, dynamism, and playful stagecraft which lies at the heart of this sort of theatre is one which he explores in all his work, and one which has motivated his more recent ventures into opera and dance.

Earlier credits include Lights Over Tesco Car Park (Poltergeist Theatre), Hedda (Peripeteia) at the Oxford Playhouse, a site-specific production of Curlew River at St Bartholomew the Great in London, an international touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (OUDS with Thelma Holt), and productions of Fatzer (Di Trevis), Rhinoceros (Gruffdog) and Ballyturk (Straightface).

Ed is an associate artist with Ante Terminum Productions.

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Anna Karenina - The Musical Musical The Actors' Church, Convent Garden Lighting Designer Director: Jay Alice
Nov 2018
For You I Long The Longest Dance Arts Depot, then touring
Luke Brown Dance
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Luke Brown
Nov 2018
Lights Over Tesco Car Park Theatre The North Wall Oxford
Poltergeist Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Bradfield
Jul 2018
Twelfth Night Theatre Saitama Arts Theatre, Japan, then touring
Oxford Shakespeare Players
Lighting Designer Director: Fred Weinand
Set designer: Nelly Hayes
Jun 2018
Hedda Theatre Oxford Playhouse
Peripeteia
Lighting Designer Director: Lucy Hayes
Set designer: Nelly Hayes
Feb 2018
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Theatre Michael Pilch Studio
Theatre Goose
Lighting Designer Director: Emma Howlett
, Director: Laura Tavriger
Jan 2018
Curlew River Opera St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, London
Ante Terminum Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Thickett
Set designer: Crispin Lord
Jan 2018
Peer Gynt Theatre Zoo Sanctuary, Edinburgh
Gruffdog Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Sayer
Aug 2017
Rhinoceros Theatre Michael Pilch Studio
Gruffdog Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Sayer
Set designer: Ksenia Kulakova
Jun 2016
Julius Caesar Theatre Michael Pilch Studio
Gruffdog Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Sayer
Set designer: Rachael Ince-Kitson
Nov 2015
Theatre:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Small Scale Touring
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • Regional (Main House)
Opera:
  • Small scale
Dance:
  • Small Scale
  • Touring relights
Concert:
  • Festival
Non-professional:
  • Dance
  • Musicals
  • Opera
  • Plays
Education:
  • Workshops
Contact method Details
Email address edsaunders.uk@gmail.com
Website https://www.edwardjamessaunders....