While we make custom stage curtains, scrims, backdrops, etc., for many of the biggest music tours around (who employ some amazing lighting designers and techs), we also provide soft goods to people at small schools and churches who may have limited knowledge of stage lighting. For those folks, I thought I’d list some resources on the subject that we find especially helpful or interesting.
BOOKS (recommended by Megan Duckett and linked to Amazon)
“A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting,” by Steven Louis Shelley
“Designing with Light,” by J. Michael Gillette
“Technical Theater for Non-Technical People,” by Drew Campbell
OnStageLighting: A terrific site from the UK with a variety of articles on stage lighting techniques, equipment, etc. It is described as a blog, but if so, this is the most comprehensive blog I have ever seen! There is a very extensive list of articles & tutorials on a wide variety of lighting-related topics.
Professional Lighting & Production Magazine: This is the website of a Canadian print magazine. It is a little cumbersome to read the articles (you have to open up a special online edition of the printed magazine and flip the digital pages as you read), but there are some good articles to be found if you persevere. The bookstore and resources links are also helpful (Note: if you are in the US, you might want to browse the books and then try searching for them on Amazon or through another US bookstore).
PLSN Projection, Lights and Staging News: This is the website of one of the two major lighting and staging magazines in the US. All articles in the current issue are online in an easily-accessible webpage format, online archives, and prior issues in PDF. Plus there are extras such as a job posting page, Tips and Tricks and more.
Live Design: This is the website of the other major magazine in the US devoted to the subject of lighting, sound, and staging. Lots of good information on the site, well-organized according to production type (such as theatre, concerts, etc.) and with a good archive of online articles from prior issues.