Kelli Zezulka

Kelli Zezulka


My professional background is in lighting (both as a designer and as a production electrician). After completing my undergraduate degree in theatre from the University of Mary Washington, I trained on the stage management and technical theatre course at LAMDA, where I specialised in lighting. Three days after graduating, I started as the lighting board operator at London's Royal Court Theatre, programming all shows in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and working with the UK's top lighting designers. Twelve months later, I was promoted to lighting assistant. I left the Court after three and a half years for a three-month contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company, then moved to Leeds where I worked as a production electrician at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. While there, I completed an MRes at the University of Leeds, researching the history of lighting design at the Royal Court Theatre. Since leaving WYP in 2010 I have been working in corporate communications and as a freelance lighting designer for small- to mid-scale theatre and opera in Yorkshire and Lancashire. For a full list of professional credits, see

Research interests

Language and the lighting design process
Lighting design education
Creative collaboration
Early lighting designers in the UK (1950s to 1960s)
Translation, translanguaging and code-switching
Interactional sociolinguistics

Performing Light network co-convenor (
Member of the Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy research group (PCI)


  • BA Theatre (University of Mary Washington)
  • HND Stage Management and Technical Theatre (LAMDA)
  • MRes (University of Leeds)