The first Asia Light 2003, a three-day theatre lighting seminar for lighting designers around Asia, will begin October 13, 2003 at the Esplanade in Sinagpore. The Esplanade Technical Theatre Specialists Program, an initiative to develop the local theatre industry, also returns on October 8, 2003 with a series of theatre lighting workshops.

Professionals from the theatre lighting industry in Asia will now have a platform from which to share information and ideas on their craft, and foster closer networks with other lighting designers when Esplanade presents the first Asia Light 2003, a theatre lighting seminar, from October 13-15.

The facilitator for Asia Light 2003 is Francis Reid, a theatre lighting specialist with over 40 years of experience and author of the indispensable guide to theatre lighting, The Stage Lighting Handbook. Reid is also an established teacher of lighting design. He was head of theatre fesign at London’s Central School of Art and Design (now known as Central St. Martin’s), dean of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and is now its honorary fellow and has also taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Kenny Wong, Esplande's production manager, says, "We are thrilled to have Mr. Francis Reid to be the facilitator for this seminar. It is a real honor for us to welcome Mr. Reid, who is a pioneer in the field and one of the best-known theatre lighting people today. The participants can look forward to gain first-hand knowledge from his personal experiences.”

Apart from taking part in discussion sessions and sitting through presentations, participants will also be able to make their own presentations to delegates on topics focusing either on using new technology or lighting with limited resources.

The registration form for Asia Light 2003 is available by clicking here.

The fee for the three-day seminar is $550(GST applies) per participant. However, there is a special early bird registration rate of $500(GST applies) if you register no later than September 8. Singapore citizens and Singapore permanent residents will be eligible for a $200 grant from the Singapore Renaissance City Fund.

The Esplanade Technical Theatre Specialists program began in 1999 and is an Esplanade initiative to provide local theatre technicians with opportunities to upgrade their technical skills. This year, Esplanade will be conducting a series of Lighting Workshops for Theatre Technicians and is pleased to have Francis Reid, to facilitate the sessions. The workshops will be held from October 8-9 and 16. There are four different workshops for participants to choose from. The registration form for the theatre lighting workshop is also available by clicking here.