Interview with Dog in the Manger Lighting Designer Barry Arons

Barry Arons Headshot

Dog in the Manger opens Febuary 13 at 8 p.m. in the Charity Randall Theatre. The show runs from Feburay 13-22 Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays 2 p.m. Get your tickets in advance at the Box Office located on the 16th floor of the Cathedral of Learning or buy them at the door.  

Check out our interview with the lighting designer, Barry Arons!

Stages: How would you define the role of a lighting designer?

Barry: The role of the lighting designer is to use light to create the world of the show. The two most important aspects of my job are to choose the color and location of light.

Stages: What is the process of a lighting designer?

Barry: The process of lighting design consists of reading the script to get a sense of the story. Then we begin design meetings, which allows all the designers to gather and discuss their ideas. After these meetings, I receive renderings from the set designer and begin to create a light plot. A light plot is a plan of lights throughout the theatre. After the plot is created, the lights are hung and focused in the theatre. The final step is to create different scenes that can be used throughout the show.

Stages: What is it that interests you about lighting design?

Barry: I really love to create worlds that are unrealistic. Personally, one of the greatest things about lighting design is to create worlds that are only possible in theatre.

Stages: What has the process of Dog in the Manger been like?

Barry: Dog in the Manger was the first time that I have ever designed in a proscenium. This presents a new challenge because I traditionally work with a three-quarter thrust. Ultimately, I found designing for a proscenium to be much more enjoyable.

Stages: As a student in your last semester, what are your plans post graduation?

Barry: My goal post graduation is to move to Montana and pursue a career in Lighting and Software Design.

Stages: Anything else you would like to add about the process or production?

Barry: I have enjoyed this experience; I would like to thank all those who have guided and supported me along the way.