Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Paule Constable’s Design Approach: A Painterly Approach to Lighting and Language

Paule Constable knows when she’s working at her best: “I’m happiest when the lighting and the emotional language of a piece become one.”The UK resident has been a key creative designer on several of this year’s most lauded productions and recently the proud recipient of the 2011 Tony (R) Award for Best Lighting of A Play for WAR HORSE (Lincoln Center Theatre).

She made her mark in 1992 with a groundbreaking design for Theatre de Complicite’s STREET OF CROCODILES, the first show lit by a woman at the National Theater, which toured the world. In 2005, after years of nominations, she became the first female lighting designer to win the Olivier Award (HIS DARK MATERIALS, National Theater) and promptly made it a triple, winning again in 2006 for DON CARLOS (West End), then again in 2009 for THE CHALK GARDEN (Donmar Warehouse).

“My approach is about telling the story,” she says. “I work between the director and the designer to realise the world of both. My job is to create an image out of darkness and then add light for the actors. That painterly approach has influenced a generation of theater artists. What I love most is watching actors rehearse. All I do is heighten the architecture around them to release what they can do.”

Please check the blog in mid-July to hear a podcast of Paule on TheatreNow!

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