Photograph from SQUIRM - lighting design by Jess Bernberg
Photographer: Matthew Ferguson | From the show SQUIRM
Photograph from August - lighting design by Jess Bernberg
Photographer: Clive Barda | From the show August
Photograph from FCUK'D - lighting design by Jess Bernberg
Photographer: Andreas Lambis | From the show FCUK'D
Photograph from The Same Deep Water As Me - lighting design by Jess Bernberg
Photographer: Clive Barda | From the show The Same Deep Water As Me

Jess Bernberg

Jess is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the 2018 Laboratory Associate Lighting Designer at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. She won the Association of Lighting Designer’s Francis Reid Award in 2017 and was long-listed for a 2018 Offie award for Best Lighting Design for FCUK'D at the Bunker.

For more details on my work and an updated portfolio, please see my 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
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
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...