Kelli Zezulka

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

New Adelphi 6.02

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Current positions

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; discourse analysis; creativity and collaboration; early lighting designers in the UK (1950s to 1960s); backstage spaces, places and processes

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD, University of Leeds
  • MRes, University of Leeds
  • HND, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • BA, University of Mary Washington


Association of Lighting Designers; Society for Theatre Research; Theatre and Performance Research Association; British Association for Applied Linguistics; Stage Management Association; International Federation for Theatre Research
Performing Light network co-convenor: ThinkingLight web page