Staff Profile: Dr Nick Hunt, Head of School DMTA

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  • Dr Nick Hunt, Head of School DMTA

  • Position:

    Head of School of Design, Management and Technical Arts

  • Teaching Area:

    Lighting, research project supervision

  • Qualifications:

    PhD; BSc Mechanical Engineering; Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre

  • Memberships:

    Fellow of Higher Education Academy; Professional Member of the Association of Lighting Designers

  • Professional Practice:

    Lighting Designer

  • External Duties:

    External member of validation panel, BA (Hons) Costume Prduction and Associated Crafts, Plymouth College of Art/Open University (Jan.-Mar. 2013); Chair of revalidation panel, BFA Technical and Entertainment Arts, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (Sept. 2011); External examiner, MA/MFA Creative Producing (2011-15); BA (Hons) Theatre Practice and BA (Hons) Technical Theatre (all Central School of Speech and Drama); external examiner, MRes thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, (2009 - present); external examiner, MPhil to PhD upgrade, University of Leeds (2011)


Dr Nick Hunt is Head of the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering before deciding that theatre was more interesting than thermodynamics. During ten years as a professional theatre technician and lighting designer, he lit over one hundred productions for regional theatres and toured with theatre, dance and opera companies.

Nick joined Rose Bruford College as tutor and later Programme Director for BA Lighting Design, before becoming the Head of the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts. Nick’s research interests include the performative potential of light and the lighting artist, digital scenography, the history of theatre lighting, technologies in performance, and the roles and status of the various personnel involved in theatre-making. His practice-based PhD investigated the idea of the lighting artist as a performer rather than a designer. Nick is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

For more details of Nick’s work, please see the following website addresses:


'Opera, Art and Industrial Production', in Paul Fryer, ed., Opera in the Media Age: Essays on Art, Technology and Popular Culture, (McFarland 2014); 'Performing Interventions: a methodology for reinventing the role of the theatre lighting artist through practice-research'. Sixth International Conference of Doctoral Studies of Theatre Schools, Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno, Czech Republic, 22-23 November 2013; 'Playability: a reinvention of contemporary lighting practice drawing on Fred Bentham’s 1930s Light Console'. A paper for Revaluing Theatrical Heritage, Schouwburg Kortrijk, Belgium, 22-23 January 2013; 'The Virtuosity of the Lighting Artist: Designer or Performer?', in Scott Palmer, ed., Light – a Reader in Theatre Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2013); 'Lighting on the Hyperbolic Plane' International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 7.1, Autumn 2011.