Kelli Zezulka

Kelli Zezulka

Profile

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 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 www.ald.org.uk/kellizezulka.

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 (performinglightblog.wordpress.com)
Member of the Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy research group (PCI)

Qualifications

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