Bringing the stage to life through lighting design

Chelsea Vanoverbeke

Chelsea Vanoverbeke, the lighting designer for Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice

A single spotlight shines bright and draws your attention to the action happening at center stage. It has been carefully designed to draw you into the scene as Chelsea Vanoverbeke, a fourth year Joint Honours Student in Theatre and Performance can attest.  Chelsea is the associate lighting designer for Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, where she works to bring the play to life through light.

Chelsea found her love of lighting design in high school drama class where her passion for tech surpassed her enjoyment of acting.

I took drama classes all throughout high school and I joined the tech crew for grade 11 and 12. I found that I liked running tech for the events at school more than acting. After mainly working on lighting in high school, I decided it was something that I wanted to learn more about in university. This was the beginning of my interest in lighting and doing tech work for theatre.”

She started out her degree as a tech student in Drama 243/244 and has progressed through her undergrad working in positions such as the head of props and lighting, and had the chance to be a scenographer for Out of the Box during the 2016 Upstart Festival.

For Chelsea getting to experience different hands on opportunities throughout her degree has been a valuable experience. She feels the work she has done in different productions has made her a more forward thinking and organized student.

The experiences I have gained from having these different positions is what has led me to where I am now. I am proud of each of these positions because they are all so different and have played an important role in building the foundation for my knowledge, skills, and love for theatre. It has also shown me that success is being able to do what I love.”

You can see Chelsea's work shine in the upcoming performances of Eurydice running November 16 to 19 in the Theatre of the Arts in Modern Languages. For more information about the show visit the Drama and Speech Communication website and be sure to get your tickets for this amazing performance.

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