Joshua L. Schulman Lighting Design


Hello! First off, thanks for stopping by to look at my little corner of the web. A little bit about myself. My name is Joshua and I am a lighting designer. I grew up in Washington DC and its suburbs. I went to undergrad at Washington College on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where I earned my B.A. in History and Drama. After college I went to graduate school at Boston University where I received my M.F.A. in Lighting Design in 2003. After grad school I lit a few shows for the Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival and I fell in love with Philadelphia. Now I live in the City of Brotherly Love with my wife, Karen and our son, Elijah. Life is good.

Philosophically, I believe that light is the “glue” that binds the different visual elements of a production together. Light is ephemeral and ethereal. It is from darkness that the wellspring of our minds creates the horrors that keep us up at night. Light banishes those fears. In the theater, light serves not just to provide visibility but to help create the world of the play. We have all seen shows lit poorly. Too bright, too flat, drawing too much attention to itself. That is not the function of light in the theater. Light in the theater creates the plasticity of form. Its ability to carve out space is magical. With light we can go from the brightest day to darkest night in the blink of an eye. When lighting a show we must ask ourselves “Does this help tell the story? Can we still see the forest for the trees?” I am a problem solver and puzzle master. That is my job.

I have lit theater, musicals, dance, events, and more. Regionally I have worked with People’s Light and Theatre Company, the Wilma Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, the Media Theatre Company, Azuka Theatre, Theatre West Virginia, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, and many more. In 2008 I was the recipient of the Barrymore Award for my lighting design of ART at Delaware Theatre Company. I was also nominated for a Barrymore Award in 2009 for my lighting of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL at the Wilma Theatre. In 2009 I was also the lighting designer for the Hidden City Festival.

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