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Explore the art of light and sound for the theater

The Lighting and Sound Summer Institute is a two-week, UC credit-bearing intensive for students interested in lighting and sound for theater. This program provides opportunities to work with our faculty in classes such as Introduction to Lighting Intensity, Form, and Direction, Electrics Programming, and Drafting for Theater.

Students will learn the technical components of breaking down a script and the art of collaboration while gaining hands-on experience in curating research, communicating ideas, and expressing creative intent. This program is designed for a student at any level who seeks the additional discipline and training required for participation in an educational theater setting and a career in the entertainment industry.

Participation in this institute is open to pre-college students.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. The program fee also includes the cost of UCLA Housing (for mandatory housing programs). In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.


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* Fees only apply for certain student types

Meet your instructors

Gabriel Rodriguez


Gabriel Rodriguez works as a Lighting Designer, Moving Light Programmer, Educator, and Mentor for both educational and regional theatre. He is currently working towards an MFA in Design for Theater and Entertainment at UCLA.

Previous credits include The Box at the Fox Riverside, Center Theatre Group, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Lewis Family Playhouse, Ruskin Group Theatre, The Pasadena Playhouse, Disney Cruise Line, Atlantic Theater Company, IRT Theater, Hudson Guild Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival, Ma-Yi Theater Company, 59E59 Theaters, The Geffen Playhouse, Shotgun Players, UC Riverside Theatre, Film, & Digital Production, Azuza Pacific University of Theater Arts, Pepperdine University of Theatre Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and UCLA Theater, Film, and Television.

Rebecca Kessin


Rebecca Kessin is a Los Angeles based Sound Designer and Educator.  Theatre is her life’s great passion!

Favorite recent productions include Ride the Cyclone at Chance Theater, American Mariachi at South Coast Repertory, Die Mommie, Die! for Celebration Theatre Company and CTG’s KDT Block Party, Priscilla! Queen of the Desert at Celebration Theatre Company (Ovation Winner – Best Production, 2019), This Land for Company of Angels, Peter Pan – The Boy Who Hated Mothers at The Blank, and Niagara Falls (World Premiere) at Theatre of NOTE.

Other recent credits include designs at Fayetteville’s Theatre Squared, Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company, Coachella Valley Rep, Celebration Theatre Company, The LA LGBT Center, The Apricity Project at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, The Gary Marshall Theatre, Red Compass Productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016.

Rebecca is a faculty member at Los Angeles City College, where she teaches and mentors student designers. She has previously taught at CSU Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, and Santa Monica College.  Seeing former students working in the field brings her great joy.


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