Women in Lighting

Women In Entertainment Lighting

Women In Lighting has always been open to all women working in lighting, covering all fields such as engineering, architecture, art, entertainment, manufacturing, education, research and journalism. But to date, we have not had the time to dedicate inviting women working in entertainment into the project and the project has mostly focused on women working in architectural lighting. The project now has a new sponsor in Ayrton Lighting which is enabling us to ensure the door is open to women working in entertainment lighting — stage, TV, concerts, events etc. We welcome your contributions.

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WIL Lounge at Prolight + Sound

24–28 April 2023

Europe's leading fair for event and media technology, Prolight + Sound 2023 is supporting the Women in Lighting project with the premiere of the “Women in Lighting Lounge” where we will be present in person to record inteviews, discuss the project and continue to draw attention to the achievements of women in the sector and provide impetus for more gender diversity.

Plasa Show, London

3—5 September 2023

WIL Entertainment Lighting Sessions

Paris 18 October 2023

LDI, Las Vegas

3–5 December 2023

Light Collective and/or Ayrton will be present at each of these events. We are looking to connect with Women In Lighting, to share details about the project, to create a speaker register and to ask you to contribute an interview for the project.


Past Sessions


A virtual and collaborative light art installation from Sophya Acosta Lighting Design Studio in Argentina and WIL Entertainment supporter, Ayrton:

"50/50 proposes a conceptual approach to the WIL project through a genderless and symmetrical corporeal light. In this light art piece, we addressed the 50/50 concept proposed by WIL, which expresses the search for gender parity and equal working conditions in the lighting industry. As it is in heaven, it is on earth, as it is above, so it is below. This symmetry places us in an infinite space where all parts are essential to generate harmony. The work begins as a prism of light, which will slowly break its original shape to show us its different facets, shapes, and colors.

The intersection between the different beams of light, as WIL does, invites us to create different meeting points. As when all the women lighting designers of the world united, when we are together, we are a solid alliance, only possible from the sum of the unique characteristics of each one, with its particularities and facets. 50/50 is a work that inhabits virtual space as well as physical space.  It is a piece of virtual Light Art to be seen on devices. Although the work is currently designed to generate an audiovisual record for social networks, in the future, it may be physically staged in the future.

The 50/50 staging was designed and created in the Ayrton Digital Lighting demo room in Paris and created specifically to use the MagicBlade-FX luminaire, making the most of its lighting possibilities. The MagicBlade-FX's were placed forming a prism of light from which the different moments of the piece were built. This prism represents the union between the four main actors that take part in the lighting industry: designers, suppliers, collaborators, and clients/audience."

Design: Sophya Acosta and Luciana Suppicich for Sophya Acosta Lighting Design Studio
Control and programming: GrandMA2 Martín Fernandez Paponi
Collaboration: Women in Lighting Argentina, Lía Bianchi.
Luminaire/Execution: MagicBlade-FX by Ayrton Digital Lighting

Moving Lights

Sept 14 2021 Online – 1PM GMT

There was a live demo from Ayrton from their Paris showroom, a talk by UK lighting designer Aideen Malone, a presentation on architectural moving light products from formalighting and a talk from French designer Damien Joyeux. The session ended with a Q&A.

Any product questions can be directed to Ksenia or Linnea at Ayrto or Pietro at formalighting.


Pioneers of Light: a History of Women in Lighting Design

In this program, veteran lighting designers Anne Militello and Beverly Emmons discuss the history of the female pioneers who blazed new trails to create the field of lighting design. Learn more about influential designers you have heard about, and discover some you may not have.

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