Sven Ortel grew up in Cologne, Germany, where he after high school lit small-scale theatre shows, complemented with lighting for movies, advertisements, and music videos. His subsequent studies of theatrical lighting design in London led him to develop a keen interest in digital technologies and their potential for the live arts. In 2001, he joined Dick Straker and his company mesmer to explore and further the use of imagery and projection in the live arts. For the National Theatre, ...

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