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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stage Lighting: Books and Videos

A guide to point users to resources about the study and practice of stage lighting.

Where to Look

The books listed here are simply an example of sources available to you.  In the library catalog, you can do your own searches by keyword, title, author, subject, and ISBN.  Here is a reminder of useful subject headings and browsing numbers:

  • Stage lighting
  • Stage lighting designers
  • Theater lighting
  • Stage lighting history
  • Stage-setting and scenery
  • Dewey: 792
  • Library of Congress: PN 2091

Methods and Handbooks

Books for Research


Besides these videos, you may be interested in watching plays to see examples of stage lighting.  From the Theater Research Resources page, you can access Alexander Street Press's database of Theater in Video.