Born and raised in Hong Kong.  I am currently in my last year of A Levels at King Edward's in Witley and moving onto study Theatre Technology at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September of 2019.  I've have built a strong passion for both technical theatre and lighting ever since I was five.  I started doing technical theatre related activities at the age of eleven as a lighting board operator.  I have been a followspot operator, projection operator and fly man for every summer youth production back at home in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.  I then decided to come to England for boarding school because I wanted to pursue a career in theatre.  I lighting designed my first ever show in 2017 as part of my GCSE Drama Unit 3 Exam and also most recently designed an end of backstage course production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with the National Youth Theatre.  I was very fortunate to have had the opportunities to shadow the lighting department on 'Half a Sixpence' in the West End at the Noel Coward Theatre,  to shadow Neil Austin on 'Labour of Love' also at the Noel Coward Theatre, Peter Mumford on 'John' at the National, 'Long Day's Journey into Night' at the Wyndham's Theatre in the West End and 'Corybantic Games' at the Royal Opera House, Charlie Morgan Jones on 'Inside Pussy Riot' at the Saatchi Gallery, Ken Billington on 'Waitress' at the Adelphi Theatre and Ben Cracknell on 'Joseph' at the London Palladium.   I am also very fortunate to be a Company Backstage Member of the National Youth Theatre following my completion of the NYT Backstage Course over the summer of 2017, with NYT I was also really grateful to have been given the oppourtunity to shadow the lighting board operator on their 2017 West End REP Season at the Ambassadors as well as learning about rigging, as this is something new to me and something that I also have profound interest in apart from lighting.   As my career progresses, my ultimate goal is to become a lighting designer and I am really grateful to have the chance to showcase and share my work with you.   

Forthcoming productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative team Opens
Snowflakes Theatre Old Red Lion Theatre, London
Dissident Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Mike Cottrell
Set designer: Alys Whitehead
31 Mar 2020
Sticks and Stones Theatre Tristan Bates Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Rasheka Christie-Carter
Set designer: Pip Terry
03 Mar 2020
The Refuge Theatre Barons Court Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Gigi Robarts
Set designer: Tony Bennett
25 Feb 2020

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Time Theatre Tristan Bates Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Joe Withers
Set designer: Rachel White
Feb 2020
Random Theatre Tristan Bates Theatre
KLAXON Productions
Lighting Designer Director: John Livesey
Set designer: Ebubechi Amanda Okpalugo
Dec 2019
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Non-professional King Edward's School Witley Charter Hall
King Edward's School Witley Drama Department
Lighting Designer Director: Lynsey Cleaves
Nov 2018
Kidulthood Non-professional King Edward's School Witley Charter Hall
(Edward & Tudor House) - King Edward's School House Drama Competition
Lighting Designer Director: Jonathan Chan
, Director: Gulfara Bekbolatova and Beth Awojobi
Oct 2018
West Side Story Non-professional King Edward's School Witley Charter Hall
King Edward's School Witley Drama & Music Department
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Jonathan Chan
Director: James Langan
Set designer: Keith Herring @ Little Shop of Hires
Mar 2018
A Midsummer Night's Dream Non-professional Rose Bruford College
National Youth Theatre
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Jonathan Chan and Rebecca Gale
Director: Bea Holland
Aug 2017
AN Inspector Calls Non-professional King Edward's School Witley Charter Hall
King Edward's School Witley Drama Department
Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Jonathan Chan
Director: James Langan
Set designer: David Standen & John Standen
Apr 2017

Random

The large rug, single chair in the middle, and a meticulous lighting design that alternates warm and cold lights to indicate places and states of mind are everything the performer needs to aid her narration.
Cindy Marcolina, Broadway World UK 15/12/2019
The atmosphere of a full theatre in an almost empty stage is created by a superb work of lights. Simple yet perfect. Praise to the creative team helping Francesca create and define the space on stage, so you feel yourself walking in their house, even if you are sitting on a chair of a theatre
Giuseppe Barone, londontheatrereviews.co.uk 11/12/2019

West Side Story

"The lighting of the last scene was notable creating an eerie ambiance in the green glow."
Sharon Gleave, King Edward's Parents Association 05/04/2018
Theatre:
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
Non-professional:
  • Musicals
  • Plays
Contact method Details
Email address jchan564@gmail.com

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