Staff Profile: Hansjörg Schmidt

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  • Hansjörg Schmidt

  • Position:

    Academic Programme Manager, School of Design, Management and Technical Arts | Programme Director, MA Light in Performance

  • Teaching Area:

    Lighting Design

  • Qualifications:

    MSc in Built Environment: Light and Lighting - University College London (Bartlett School).

    Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education - University of Greenwich

    BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Arts - Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • Memberships:

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

  • Professional Practice:

    Lighting Designer - selected works from the last 5 years:

    Dadderrs Frauke Requardt/Daniel Oliver. World premiere. Tramway, Glasgow, 2020.

    On The High Road Queen Elizabeth Hall/clod ensemble. World premiere and UK tour, 2019.

    Placebo Clod ensemble. Place Theatre and UK tour. World premiere, 2018.

    Dr Faustus Tangle / Arcola Theatre, 2018.

    Workshop Negative Tangle / Gate Theatre. World premiere, 2016.

    The Glass Menagerie Nuffield Theatre Southampton, 2016.

    Men and Girls Dance Fevered sleep / touring. World premiere, 2016.


Hansjörg is a lighting designer, working regularly with a group of UK based artists and theatre companies. At Rose Bruford College in London he is Academic Programme Manager for the School of DMTA, and Programme Director of the MA Light in Performance. His research interests lie in the area of lighting, environment and narrative.

Recent lighting designs: Dadderrs (with Frauke Requiardt and Daniel Oliver, touring). Dido and Aeneas (Stormen Opera, Norway). On The High Road and Placebo (clod ensemble), Dr Faustus and Workshop Negative (tangle), Men and Girls Dance (fevered sleep/touring), The Glass Menagerie (Nuffield), The Red Chair (clod ensemble / touring), Dusk (fevered sleep / Young Vic Theatre), Stink Foot (The Yard Theatre), Krapp’s Last Tape (Sheffield Crucible), Zero (clod ensemble / Sadlers Wells), Above Me The Wide Blue Sky (fevered sleep / Young Vic Theatre). Silver Swan (clod ensemble/Tate Modern). An Anatomy in Four Quarters (clod ensemble/Sadlers Wells Theatre). On Ageing (fevered sleep/Young Vic Theatre), Kursk (Sound & Fury/Young Vic), The Forest (fevered sleep), Under Glass and Red Ladies (Clod Ensemble). Also with David Harradine: Stilled, and Camera Obscura.

Other recent projects: Kew Kitchens, an architectural installation at Kew Palace. The Beautiful Octopus Club, for Heart  ‘n Soul and the South Bank Centre. And shows for Jessica Ogden and Mika Fukkai at London Fashion Week.


Hansjörg’s website is at


Research publications

'Light and Truth' in: Music on Stage, Vol.3 Ed by Jane Schopf. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018

Wunderkammer: light as scenographic and dramaturgical tool in opera’, in Paul Fryer, ed., Opera in the Media Age: Essays on Art, Technology and Popular Culture, (McFarland 2014);

'Light in the work of Heiner Goebbels', paper presented at Heiner Goebbels symposium, University of Birmingham, (2012);

Conference presentations

'Stilled': A scenography of the image, Prague Quadrennial, 2019

Archiving Light: Doc perform. City, University of London, 2019

“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.