This comprehensive introduction traces the evolution of lighting design from ancient drama to contemporary performance. It covers everythingfrom the simple nuts and bolts of equipment to the complexity of a full lighting rig, including all aspects of the stage electrician and lighter designer's roles. This revised second edition includes new material on historical development, intelligent control systems, and the latest advances in LED fixtures and luminaires. Each chapter includes key exercises, now totaling 100, that enable the reader to practice their skills on a wide variety of lighting challenges. The work of current designers is showcased and analyzed.