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School of Arts and Media

Kelli Zezulka

Lecturer in Technical Theatre


I am a lighting designer, stage manager and production manager for theatre. I recently completed my PhD at the University of Leeds entitled The Language of Light: How Lighting Designers Use Language and Exercise Agency in Creative Collaboration. I trained in stage management and technical theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and also hold an MRes degree from University of Leeds and a BA in theatre from the University of Mary Washington.


Stage/production management and production skills across all years on the BA Hons Technical Theatre

Research Interests

Lighting design pedagogy; technical rehearsals; conversation analysis; creativity and collaboration; early lighting designers in the UK (1950s to 1960s); translation, translanguaging and code-switching

Qualifications and Memberships

Association of Lighting Designers; Society for Theatre Research; Theatre and Performance Research Association; British Association for Applied Linguistics

Performing Light network co-convenor:


Publications pending (accepted for publication) in journals Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and Behind the Scenes, as well as a book chapter in Voices and Practices in Applied Linguistics: Diversifying a Discipline (2019, Wright, Harvey and Simpson, eds.).