171 episodes

LIGHT TALK is a show featuring three seasoned professional lighting designers and educators who discuss the latest developments in the world of live entertainment and architectural lighting design. Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), and David Jacques (California State University Long Beach) offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.

Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers David Jacques, Stan Kaye, Steve Woods

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.6, 36 Ratings

LIGHT TALK is a show featuring three seasoned professional lighting designers and educators who discuss the latest developments in the world of live entertainment and architectural lighting design. Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), and David Jacques (California State University Long Beach) offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.

    LIGHT TALK Episode 171 - "Show Families” - Surviving the Pandemic with Zac Borovay and Driscoll Otto

    LIGHT TALK Episode 171 - "Show Families” - Surviving the Pandemic with Zac Borovay and Driscoll Otto

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers welcome good friends and colleagues Zac Borovay and Driscoll Otto for this special Let's Talk About segment on Surviving the Pandemic. 
    Join David, Driscoll, Stan, Steve, and Zac as they discuss how Covid-19 has affected their careers as theatre artists, and how they are coping with their young families. The passing of Nick Cordero; Show families; Behind the Scenes mental health help; Reinventing the work we do so that we can work safely again; Dealing with schools for the kids; Cancelled and postponed shows; Thoughts about Broadway's reopening; Restarting film and television production; How to make our industry safer to work without a vaccine; Missed experiences for young people; Zoom Happy Hours; The future of Las Vegas and Cirque; Zac's Grandfather's casino; Honing skills; Creating an army of online workers; Is it time to give up.. or pivot?; High end bourbon; and planning the disco version of the Light Talk Theme Song. 
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 46 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 170 - "Exploding Fish"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 170 - "Exploding Fish"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Over-Cueing to Nuclear Beans and Weenies.
    Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Luther's letter of complaint; The top four stinky creatures; Teaching design and technology in the same class; Is lighting design prescriptive, responsive, informative, or emotive?; Retiring SO cable; On the road with vomit soaked cable; Did Tesla dapple in stage lighting?; The "Westinghouse Challenge"; The emotion of the moment; Delectable Designer's Flush; Should teachers be responsible for social distancing and public health enforcement?; Mrs. Sharp's Duck and Cover lessons; and Too many light cues.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 40 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 169 - "Gaseous Sea Otters"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 169 - "Gaseous Sea Otters"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Taking Reviews Seriously to "The Master of Density".
    Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: Industry news; The big Yale announcement; Hamilton on Disney Plus; New QLab educational offers; The new PPPP Program; The differences between Step and Fresnel lenses; Steve's Aviary; Subtractive vs. additive mixing; Dimmers fading out; Silly reviews; The scent of Gauloises; "The Motivator Backpack"; Yale does the right thing; Universities and colleges in severe financial crisis; Making the best of online education; and what the Lumen Brothers think about the ParNel.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 43 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 168 - "Color Journeys - Interview with Mark Stanley"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 168 - "Color Journeys - Interview with Mark Stanley"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers interview Lighting Designer, educator, and leader of the Gilbert Hemsley Internship, our long time friend, and the last "Gilbert Bunny", Mark Stanley.
    Join Mark, David, Stan  and Steve as they pontificate about:  Equity Library Theatre; Great Gilbert Stories; From horses to lekos; Transformative moments; Cooking for Gilbert; Camembert Cheese in a Batter with Raspberry Sauce; Early work at William and Mary; Mark's future with The Lumenoids; Mark's "3 year promise" with the New York City Ballet; The love of dance lighting; That special relationship when working with choreographers; Mark's journey with color;  Matching LED's among different manufacturers; The history of the Hemsley Internship; Sleeping on the floor of the Mayflower Hotel; Mark's first night in NYC; Jim Spradling; Keeping the education going during the pandemic; and The future of lighting education. 
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 40 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 167 - "Welcome to SubLand!"

    LIGHT TALK Episode 167 - "Welcome to SubLand!"

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Fixing Keystoning to Busby Berkley.
    Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: New weekend download record; Opening updates from Broadway and the California film and television industries; Brooklyn College; Managing your bookings; More on the McCandless System and Izenour Theaters; Gracious Greetings of Butte Montana; "Hey!... Let's do a Broadway Show!"; PC or MAC?; Loving Lumion; Linux flexibility; Huawei; "The Great White Way"; and Living on the Surface of the Sun.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 38 min
    LIGHT TALK Episode 166 - "Let the Universe Steer..."

    LIGHT TALK Episode 166 - "Let the Universe Steer..."

    In this episode of LIGHT TALK, the Lumen Brothers discuss everything from Christo to The Jetsons.
    Join David, Stan, and Steve as they pontificate about: More updates on The Faroe Islands; Seabird vomit; LDI update; Finding the perfect swag... Part IV; A tribute to Christo; School logo masks; Dealing with Designer's Block; Why use HMI's?; Pani dimming; Using HMI or LED for frontlight; Why did Americans jump on the McCandless System?; Why do Americans love standards and formulas?; "No Leko, No Worries"; How to direct your career path; "Make It So, Number One"; Why does Steve like the Neo and Hedgehog?; and Strand Coke stories.
    Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and Very Little Makes Sense.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Traviswb ,

Love this podcast!

Hi! I am not anonymous! I absolutely love this podcast! As an early-career lighting designer, I find this podcast to be tremendously enlightening. It’s virtually every episode where I learn something and it sticks with me. It’s fantastic, and I love their humor and I love them! They’re great!

Norman Viking ,

Master Class

I'm working my way thru this recent find, and got tired of noting which episodes should be required listening for lighting students, because EVERY episode had SOMEthing that is exceptionally relevant to any student in Lighting Design. The Brothers handle listener questions without talking down to new designers, and going in depth for more advanced designers. It's a master class in Lighting Design at every level.

JePayne_ ,

Love!!!!

Love this show!! The hosts are hilarious and it’s very informational!

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