Webinar: Theatre System Design Basics

IES Section Webinar
January 13, 2021 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm


Presented by the Norfolk/Virginia Beach (Tidewater) Virginia Section of the IES

Featuring guest speaker:
Bobby Harrell
Entertainment Lighting Designer and Programmer
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
11:45-12:00pm Login
12:00pm – 1:00pm Presentation

RSVP here!

This course introduces key fixture offerings for theatres, basic lighting design for schools, how to put a system together, dimming/relay options, choosing the right architectural control and theatrical control, and looks at the cost comparison between LED and tungsten.

Presentation is AIA Accredited for CEUs


  • Criteria needed for designing a theatrical space and the programming needs of a typical educational performance space.
  • Discusses the requirements for all necessary entertainment lighting components, as well as holistic requirements for the performance lighting system.

Bobby Harrell is an Entertainment Lighting Designer and Programmer that is recognized for technical and creative talents in serving the needs of clients on Broadway, theatre, opera, dance, corporate theatre, film and television markets by creating designed lighting in complex productions.  He has also been a Product Manager, adept at managing product development teams (hardware/software) for Strand Lighting’s theatrical and architectural control products.  He is currently Strand’s Business Development Manager for Installs that enhances client comfort through communications to create sales opportunities for Strand Lighting’s lighting control and dimming systems.  His role also includes Product Specialist to enhance client comfort through product demonstrations and problem solving through available technology.  

This program is designed for industry professionals, facility managers, consultants, architects, interior designers, sales representatives, distributors, engineers, and lighting designers who are interested in a better understanding of theater system design basics. Please share this invite with your friends, coworkers, and clients.

Free Virtual meeting, but please RSVP so we can complete the attendance list for CEU certificates.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 RSVP here! Deadline to RSVP is the event time. The link for the event will be in the Eventbrite online event page. Click “Access the event” on the right prior to the event starting to get the Microsoft Teams link.


For information on how to further your participation with the IES by membership or involvement with the local Tidewater Section, contact our president, Jackie Eury by e-mail [email protected]. Or just talk to any one of our local officers or board of managers at the next meeting. Look for the black and yellow nametags!

Hope to see you there!
Laura Ashley Alferes
IES Tidewater Vice President

Please email [email protected] with any questions.