Rory Dempster Internship for Lighting Designers

Posted on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

We are seeking applications for the 2011 Rory Dempster annual internship for young Lighting Designers.  The recipient will be given a stipend to work in secondment with a leading lighting designer for one production attached one of three major theatre companies.

Rory Dempster, who passed away in 2004 was a distinguished Lighting Designer working extensively in Australia and internationally, with a career spanning more than 30 years. He worked with Andy Phillips at the Royal Court in London during the 1960’s and 1970’s, establishing the Court’s ‘white light’ principle – that nothing was more important on the stage than the actor’s face. During this time, Rory worked with some of the best playwrights of the day, including Trevor Griffiths, Michael Frayn, Howard Brenton, Athol Fugard and David Hare.

A lover of theatre, Rory subsequently became involved in other theatre relatedprojects. He was the founding partner of lighting rental company White Light; he was part of the team that created the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith; he was deeply involved with Field Day in Northern Ireland; and he worked with David Hare at the Nottingham Playhouse.

In the early 1990’s Rory moved to Australia, where he continued to concentrate on projects that interested him, forming a close working relationship with director Neil Armfield and working extensively with Company B Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company and Opera Australia.

Applications must:   

Address the selection criteria
Include a resume
Include the names and daytime contacts of two referees

Selection Criteria: Selection criteria will be forwarded to you on request

Contact: Pearl Kermani, 18 Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 or