Assistant Lighting Designers


– please note the application deadline has been extended to 18 June. 

British Youth Opera is the UK's foremost training opera company, and the only one of its kind offering such opportunities to emerging lighting designers.

BYO’s summer season productions offer one or two positions for Assistant Lighting Designers. These positions are ideally suited to students in their second or third year of study on a full time lighting course.

There is one professional Lighting Designer (LD) for the summer season and the assistant works with the LD from the start of the creative process through to closing night. For details of some of the professionals who have worked with our trainees in the past, see The Professionals*.


The Assistant Lighting Designer’s responsibilities include:

  • attending production meetings and liaising with other members of the production and creative teams
  • working closely with the LD in preparation of the lighting paperwork
  • attending some production rehearsals
  • being part of the production team in the theatre during production rehearsals
  • following opening night, and in association with the other Lighting trainees, re-lighting the opera between performances
  • in association with the Assistant Directors and other Lighting trainees, adapting lighting from the full-length productions for cover showings


For Summer Season 2019:

Pre-production work is already underway, and commitment can be flexible.

Rehearsals commence in London on Monday 22 July 2019. Assistant Lighting Designers are required until the end of the season on 7 September 2019.


Application Process:

  • To apply please complete the production trainee application form and return it with a CV and covering letter to by the new deadline of 12:00 on Tuesday 18 June 2019.
  • Interviews will be held in London. Applicants should bring a small portfolio showing relevant lighting design, paperwork and (optionally) drawings.


Financial matters:

BYO charges no fees. Every participant who gains a place on a summer season production benefits from a fully-funded placement, and is paid a small subsistence.

Accommodation in London can be provided for a limited number of successful applicants who do not have a London base and would otherwise be unable to participate.