Mihaela Bodlovic

The ALD Lumiere Scheme

Background to Lumière Scheme

Previously the Lumière Scheme has funded a successful applicant for a six-month period during which they have been able to assist a range of established designers in a number of venues, working in an assistant capacity on a diverse range of new productions. It’s a scheme designed to create a pathway for lighting practitioners into the world of live performance and to encourage and develop the roles of assistants and associates.

COMING SOON – Lumière: Production

 We are very excited to announce that we will be launching the Lumière: Production Scheme in 2021! 

This Scheme will focus on the production electrician and programmer roles, providing a pathway into the industry of live performance lighting. 

There is going to be a virtual pilot scheme this year.

Please check this page and our social media for further details in the coming months. 

Our aim for 2022 is to run both the Lumière: Production and Lumière: Design six-month Schemes in person as a paid position providing the opportunity to work on a range of productions. 


Lumière 20:20

In response to the global pandemic in 2020 we created a new format to continue the Lumière Scheme and carry on the work we have started. 

The original format planned to match 20 emerging lighting designers with experienced mentors. However, due to the generosity ALD members waiving their micro-bursary, 38 Lumiéres benefited from the one-on-one scheme.

The scheme expansion means the ALD helped 68 emerging lighting designers in total. Participants from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, Italy, Poland, Malaysia, Australia and the US were chosen. Many of them identified as being under-represented in lighting design.

The ALD embrace and encourage diversity in many forms and are committed to inclusivity among our community members, including all members, associates and collaborators. We define diversity as people of different backgrounds, races, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, beliefs, religions, socio-economic statuses, and more, and inclusivity as an approach where we respect, welcome, encourage, and engage diverse perspectives. Our strength and success as an organisation is built on the foundation of a wide range of perspectives and experiences.

Everyone involved, lighting designers and participants, was offered a micro-burasry of £175.00 to acknowledge the core values of the Lumière Scheme not just to invest time in someone but we invest in them with money, even in this difficult time. By giving a micro-bursary to 40 people we were saying we believe in you and your practice at this time.  

This funding has been possible by the generous donation from ALD Fellow, Mick Hughes (1939-2018). 

Mick loved nothing better than to sit at the production desk or in the pub and talk about light and life in theatre.  He was always generous in sharing his knowledge and we believe that he would be delighted to support his fellow designers at this time.

Katharine Williams, project manager for ALD Lumière, explains: “It started with one person waiving their micro-bursary and then the whole thing snowballed as many others decided to pay theirs forward too.”

In addition, the standard of applications was so high that a separate, newly created programme, dubbed Team Lumière, was initiated. A further 22 applicants received a place in the group where they worked as a collective through an expanded version of the Lumière course programme which focuses on creativity, craft and building community at a time when emerging lighting practitioners most need it.

Rory Beaton, leader of Team Lumière, said: “I was extremely excited to lead Team Lumière! Alongside copious interviews and discussions with lighting designers, we hoped to create a real sense of community amongst the group. Imagine a world where 22 of your peers came to support you at your next press night! We’d all love that support and that’s part of what we hope to create.”

Charlotte Burton, chair of the Lumiere Scheme working group, adds: “We were taken aback by the wonderful response to Lumiere 20:20. The quality of the applicants made the matching process joyous and we were thrilled to be able offer additional places and the community of Team Lumiere.

“Lumiere 20:20 became everything we wanted it to be and more. I believe this shows the talent that is out there and that our freelance designers want to support and encourage them especially at this unique time for the industry.”

The Scheme began in September 2020 with a group online conversation for everyone involved. It was followed by 10 weekly mentor sessions between Lumière and Lighting Designer, each having different topics to consider as a starting point.  Although this was a ‘virtual’ project, we very much hope that some real professional relationships established through the Scheme may come to fruition when we all get back to work. 


Mick Hughes’s pared-back and beautiful work, that almost always featured L201, had “a subtle, almost stealthy artistry that drew attention to the play and players, not to itself.” (The Guardian). His designs have had a huge influence on the UK’s stages that still resonates today. 


The micro-bursaries for Lumière 20:20 have been made possible by use of the Mick Hughes (1939-2018) memorial funds.


In 2008 ALD Fellow Mick Hughes was the first winner of TMA Award for Best Lighting Design. 


Donating to Support the Scheme

Find out how you can support the Lumière Scheme here: www.ald.org.uk/lumieredonation


More Information

For more information or to discuss the Lumière scheme in detail, please contact the ALD’s Lumière scheme working group.

Our previous recipients wrote about their experiences in the ALD members's magazine Focus.  You can see what they thought by reading their articles by selecting the name links:


The 2019 Lumière Scheme was supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation:


With thanks for their continual support with the scheme:



Supporting Lighting Designers in 2020

Adam Silverman Aideen Malone Ben Cracknell Bruno Poet
Charles Balfour Charlie Morgan Jones Charlotte Burton Daniella Beattie
David Howe Declan Randall Elanor Higgins Howard Hudson
Jason Addison Jessica Hung Han Yun Jon Clark Katharine Williams
Kathy Perkins   Ken Billington Lee Curran Lizzie Powell 
Lucy Carter Malcolm Rippeth   Mark Jonathan  Matt Haskins
Mike Le Fevre Mike Robertson Natasha Chivers Nic Farman
Nick Schliper Paul Lim Peter Mumford  Ric Mountjoy
 Richard Howell Rick Fisher Rob Sinclair Rory Beaton
Sherry Coenen  Simon Wilkinson Tamykha Patterson Zoe Spurr