Mr Timothy Skelly

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Current positions

Lecturer in Technical Theatre


Tim Skelly is a lighting designer for performance and exhibition and an educator who teaches technical theatre and performance design.

He is currently working on a project with Leeds Playhouse called 'Sinfonia', the Williamson Park show with the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster exploring a new theatrical adaptation of 'Around the World in 80 Days', and a new production of 'Brassed Off' for Derby Theatre.

His recent projects include a world premiere, a co-production between Red Ladder Theatre and Liverpool's Royal Court, called 'Homebaked' which explores the story of the ground-breaking local Liverpool Community Land Trust that lies on the boundary of Everton and Anfield. He has also worked on a four-week summer project to develop an original lighting design, with acclaimed director Alan Lyddiard and cross-disciplinary artist Delaine Le Bas, for Leeds Playhouse and The Performance Ensemble called 'The Promise of a Garden'. The project worked with Leeds Older People's Forum and Leeds 2023 developing a work that combined dance, verbatim storytelling, and over 5000 flowers contributed from a range of community projects.

Key theatre credits include: Treasure Island; Two; One Man Two Guvnors; Great Expectations; Brassed Off (Derby Theatre) Berlin to Broadway; Lulu; Hy Brasil (Opera North) Merchant of Venice (Stafford Shakespeare Festival) The Promise of a Garden; Around the World in 80 Days; Be My Baby; Blake Remixed (Leeds Playhouse) The Shed Crew; The Damned United; Big Society (Red Ladder Theatre Company) Educating Rita; Peter Pan (The Dukes, Lancaster) The Haunted Man (Kindred Theatre) Dancing Bear (Jamie Fletcher and Company) Ballroom Blitz; Sign of the Times (Hull Truck Theatre) Rush; Erimus (Southpaw Dance Company) Wars of the Roses; Beyond These Walls; For Love or Money; A Government Inspector (Northern Broadsides Theatre Company) Larkin: New Eyes Each Year; Weathered Estates; Trent Falls to Spurn Point with the sound artist Chris Watson (Hull UK City of Culture)

Areas of Research

Tim's research interests are linked to his lighting design practice and his interests in stage design and scenography.


Level 4
Introduction to LIghting Design and Technology for the Stage
Introduction to Design
Critical and Textual Studies
Performance in Context

Level 5
Stages and Staging
Technical Performance Project
Professional Environment
Design for Theatre

Level 6
Advanced Design for the Stage
Collaborative Project
Professional Development