Industry Luminary Francis Reid passes away at 86

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Frances Reid

Francis Reid, who passed away aged 86 on 9th June. Pictured here at PLASA 2010 (photo: PLASA Media).

It was with great sadness that we learned of the recent passing of industry luminary, Francis Reid.
Reid was a much-loved and respected lighting designer, author and teacher who lit hundreds of shows and shared his knowledge and experience of lighting in many popular books and publications and with countless students throughout the world.
A statement from the Association of Lighting Designers reads: “Francis was a founding member of the Association, playing a key role in establishing the practice of stage lighting design and the role of Lighting Designer in the UK.
He was 86, and had spent all his working life in and around theatre, but was also an inspiring teacher and a prolific author, who made lighting and the arts of theatre making come alive for several generations of practitioners, at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts), at what is now Central St Martins, the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and around the world. But at heart he was always a theatre maker who did lighting, rather than a lighting man who did theatre.”

More: Rob Halliday remembers Francis Reid.

Source: LSI Online (PLASA Media)