Staff Profile: Rachel Nicholson, Programme Director

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  • Rachel Nicholson, Programme Director

  • Position:

    Programme Director

  • Teaching Area:

    Creative Lighting Control

  • Qualifications:

    MA in Theatre Practices; Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education; BA (Hons) Lighting Design

  • Memberships:

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • External Duties:

    External examiner, FdA/BA (Hons) Technical Theatre, Colchester Institute/University of Essex, (2012-16).


Rachel Nicholson is a graduate of the Rose Bruford Lighting Design course, later returning to the College to complete her MA in Theatre Practice (Distinction) where her research focussed on Digital Scenography. Following a period of time working as a freelance lighting designer and technician, Rachel was invited to return to the College as a visiting tutor, before accepting a permanent position in 2006. Rachel has led the Creative Lighting Control Course since it began in 2007 (under the original title of Digital Live Arts: Lighting Programming) and has twice been awarded the Rose Bruford Teaching Fellowship. Her current research areas explore the creative practices of the Technologist.


Merely competent: the effacement of technologists in theatre practice', paper presented with Nick Hunt at TaPRA Conference, University of Glamorgan (2010); 'Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain: promoting the technologist as performer in vocational training and education', paper presented with Nick Hunt, TaPRA New Technologies Working Group symposium, University of Sheffeld (2010).