Recruitment for 2019 Lumiere Scheme


We are delighted to announce that we are now recruiting for our six-month 2019 Scheme, which is open to non-ALD members for the first time.



What is the ALD Lumière Scheme?

The ALD Lumière Scheme is a pathway scheme for emerging lighting designers, giving them valuable experience of working professionally as an assistant lighting designer.  Some Lumières may have the opportunity to take on associate lighting designer roles toward the end of their attachments.


The Lumière will be matched with a number of established lighting designers and will spend six months assisting them, travelling around the country and possibly internationally.


Alongside this, each Lumière will receive a bespoke package of mentoring and support, a toolkit for how to survive and thrive as a lighting designer: anything from getting an agent and building a portfolio to navigating challenging situations.



Am I eligible to apply?

If you are able to answer positively to the questions below, you are eligible to apply.


We no longer require you to be an ALD member in order to apply, and we include a year-long membership to the ALD if you are not already a member.


We look forward to receiving your application.


Required Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Sufficient paid experience EITHER as a freelance lighting designer/assistant, OR as a lighting operator/technician/engineer in lighting design, OR demonstrable transferrable skills is required from applicants.
  • Solid technical understanding of lighting and the production process.
  • Strong commitment to developing a career as a lighting designer as demonstrated by work experience, previous design work, training or by other means.
  • Experience of designing lighting for at least one show. This can include projects undertaken whilst in training or unpaid work. Candidates should be prepared to give details of any previous design work in application and if invited to interview.
  • Experience of using CAD software: the minimum level required is be able to draft a LX plan and update changes to an existing LX plan.
  • A minimum of one year’s experience working in the industry.
  • An interest in building new collaborative relationships with creative peers.


Desirable Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Basic knowledge of the UK theatre sector


What are the dates?


  • 8pm - Saturday 6th July 2019: closing date for applications to be received
  • 8th July 2019: confirmation of whether you have an interview
  • Thursday 11th July 2019: Interviews in London (video interview possible)


Attachment dates:

  • Working with lighting designers: 29th July 2019 – 29thth January 2020
    • actual dates are dependent on participating LDs’ work schedules, some flexibility around your prior commitments may be possible
  • Requirement to attend a debrief meeting with involved parties: date TBC


What can I expect to be doing?

  • The Lumière will learn how to assist a lighting designer, establishing what skills are required and strengthening these skills. They will receive mentoring from the lighting designer alongside the guidelines set out by the ALD.
  • They will spend all their time working alongside the lighting designer in each theatre they attend.
  • They will also complete specified training programme paperwork during this six-month period.
  • The Lumière will assist with decision-making relevant to the production in the absence of the lighting designer.
  • The Lumière will be given a one-year membership of the ALD (if they are not already a member) and a one-year licence for an industry standard CAD drawing package.


What can I expect to be paid?

The fee for the scheme is £10,000.

You will also be given a travel and subsistence allowance for the six months, of £750 per month.


How do I apply?

Applicants are required to send a CV and covering letter to no later than 8pm on Saturday 6th July 2019.


You should have a minimum of one year of working experience in the industry and should supply details for two referees from the industry.


Your covering letter should outline your interest in and suitability for the position and a statement of what the scheme would do for your career development. You should also include your current CV and a link to any online photographic material of your previous design work.


Interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 11th July 2019 in central London (video interview also possible, depending on your work schedule). 

We will notify you if you have an interview on or before 8th July 2019.