Phil Lethlean

Lighting Designer

“I live in the City of Hobsons Bay. My parents met at the dockyards in Williamstown and, as a child in the 1950s, I roamed the wild lands of the ‘warmies’.  I’m excited by the invitation to provide lighting for key elements of the local industrial landscape for the inaugural festival.”

Phil Lethlean is one of Australia’s foremost lighting designers. His career crosses theatrical and commercial sides of the entertainment industry, extending to private commissions and architectural lighting. Phil has lit over 200 new Australian works, has received Helpmann and Green Room awards and is an Australia Council Fellowship recipient.

Phil designs in light and shadow. His 30+ years of experience covers all genres including theatre, opera, dance, circus, puppetry, stadium shows, cultural events, festivals, opening ceremonies and World Expo pavilions.  Many of his works have toured throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Highlights of his lengthy career include both major public Centenary of Federation Celebrations in The Yeperenye Festival in Alice Springs and Peoplescape in Canberra (2001); the River Spectacular for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (2006); Australian Expo pavilions Japan and China (2005 and 2010); the stadium show How to Train Your Dragon for Dreamworks / Global Creatures (2012) and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival galas at the Palais (2014-16). Phil also works on a smaller scale for companies like the English National Ballet, the Australian Opera, New Zealand Opera, Opera Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Chunky Move, Playbox, Circus Oz and regional and independent theatre companies.

See Phil Lethlean’s work during the Festival in Western Lights.

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