Staff Profile: Dr Nick Hunt

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  • Dr Nick Hunt

  • Position:

    Head of School of Design, Management and Technical Arts

  • Teaching Area:

    Lighting, research project supervision, PhD supervision.

  • Qualifications:

    PhD - “Repositioning the Role of the Lighting Artist in Live Theatre Performance” - University of Middlesex

    Fellow - Higher Education Academy

    Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre - The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

    BSc Mechanical Engineering - University of Southampton

  • Memberships:

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

  • Professional Practice:

    Lighting Designer - Nick has created over seventy professional lighting designs for theatre, dance and corporate events, as well as having worked extensively as a lighting technician and manager.

  • External Duties:

    Research-related activities

    Co-convenor of the Scenography Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research.

    Associate Editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

    External Examining, Reviewing, Validation and Programme Development

    External Examining for: University of Derby; St Mary's University; LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore; Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

    Validations for: University of West London; Christ Church University; Plymouth College of Art; Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts; Wimbledon College of Art.

    Consultancy and Programme Development for: Uzbekistan State Institute of Arts and Culture; LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.


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 relationship between scenography and photography; 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.

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


Publications and conference presentations related to Nick's research include:

Photography and Scenography

"Cuddington: A Photo-scenographic investigation of the public park": Video presentation to the Architecture_MPS conference, University of Kent, 29-30 June 2020. 

“Boundary Conditions” (one part of “Cuddington”). Photographs exhibited at Seeing the Invisible, an exhibition in Novi Sad, Serbia, within the 3rd edition of Spatial Culture Festival, 21st-22nd September, 2019.

Cuddington: An ongoing photography project”. A paper for the International Federation for Theatre Research conference, Belgrade, 9-13th July 2018.

“Cuddington: An ongoing photography project”. A paper for the Prague Quadrennial Porous Borders symposium, Prague, 12-14th October 2017.

“Small Spaces: using light and photography to make miniature scenographies”. A paper for the International Federation for Theatre Research conference, São Paulo University, 10-14th July 2017.

“Fugitive Light: seeing stage lighting through production photographs”. A paper for the International Federation for Theatre Research conference, Stockholm University, Sweden, 13-17th June 2016.

“What’s the Small Idea?: A miniature art gallery for one”, a practice-research investigation into the act of seeing in the gallery and the theatre. Presented at TaPRA, Royal Holloway University of London, September 2014.

Traces, an interactive lighting installation (in collaboration with Hansjörg Schmidt)

“Traces” – an interactive lighting installation, and conference presentation. Presented at DocPerform3 conference, City (University of London), London, UK, May 2019.

“Traces” – an interactive lighting installation. Presented at Flux, The Ugly Duck, London, UK, 31st May – 3rd June 2018

“Traces” – an interactive lighting installation. Presented at the conference of the Theatre and Performance Research Association, University of Salford, 30th August – 1st September 2017.

“Traces” – an interactive lighting installation. Presented at Performing Light, University of Leeds, UK, 28th January 2017.

Lighting Design: Models, Laboratories and Pedagogy

“The Lighting Laboratory: A Place of Imagination, Transformation and Memory”. A paper presented at the conference of the Theatre and Performance Research Association, University of Exeter, 4-6th September2019.

“The Pedagogy of the Lighting Laboratory”. A paper for the International Federation for Theatre Research Scenography Working Group meeting, Charles University, Prague, 14-15th June 2019.

“Modelling Light: the transformative role of the model and the miniature studio in the development of lighting design in the UK”, Theatre and Performance Design, 2018, vol. 4, nos. 1-2, 101-118. 

“Illuminated Manuscripts”, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 7.2, 2016 (co-authored with Chrys Allen).

Design, Technology and Practice

“A Commanding View: the scenography of the production desk and the technical rehearsal”. A paper for the International Federation for Theatre Research conference, University of Hyderabad, India, 6th - 10th July 2015.

“‘Technology is supremely unimportant’: the intersection between technologies, creative practice and professional roles in contemporary performance-making”, keynote presentation for symposium On the New Technical Literacies at Play Within Contemporary Live Performance, School of Music & Performing Arts, Canterbury Christ Church University, 21st May 2015.

“Playability: A Reinvention of Contemporary Lighting Practice Drawing on Fred Bentham’s 1930s Light Console”, in Theatrical Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities, edited by Bruno Forment and Christel Stalpaert, published by Leuven University Press, 2015.