Phillip Dexter MSc

Lighting Design

“The challenge in lighting a production like MARY STUART is to ensure the light not only provides visibility, but assists with the narrative. By working with shade, tone and colour, the lighting designer can tap into the emotion of a scene, subliminally reinforcing the spirit of any particular action on stage. Through intensive collaboration with the director and set designer, the lighting designer can ensure his contribution to the piece works as part of an integrated whole. After all, theatre is all about telling stories and not looking at lighting.”

Phillip’s previous lighting designs for Auckland Theatre Company include POOR BOY, LE SUD, EQUUS, THE BLONDE THE BRUNETTE AND THE VENGEFUL REDHEAD, DOUBT and UP FOR GRABS. He works regularly for all the major theatre companies in New Zealand. Recent productions include GOD OF CARNAGE, FOUR FLAT WHITES IN ITALY, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (Circa Theatre, Wellington), DON JUAN IN SOHO, LUCKY NUMBERS (Fortune Theatre, Dunedin), LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, OLIVER! (The Court, Christchurch), THE GRADUATE, DRACULA, THE GOAT (Downstage, Wellington), LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and TURANDOT (NZ Opera).

While based in London Phillip’s international work included designs at Donmar Warehouse, The Globe, Hampstead Theatre, The Royal Opera House — Covent Garden, Opera Conservatory — Royal College of Music.

Phillip is director of Limeburner Design Ltd (www.limeburner. co.nz) , which specializes in theatre and architectural lighting design. Training includes a Master of Science in light and lighting UCL, London. Product design includes lighting instruments for film recently used on the studio components of AVATAR and THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE.