Studio School Of Design Opens Registration For Fall 2023 Courses

“Why We Make Cues” is a series of workshops designed to increase the understanding of cue placement, cue rhythm & timing, and compositional sequences to support story, movement, emotion, and musical expressions.  Led by Jennifer Tipton, Natasha Katz, and Mark Stanley each session will explore the unique aspects of text, music, and movement that impact cue placement and composition. Sessions include discussion of the source material, how to develop cue lists and hands-on cue creation with feedback from professional facilitators and participants.

Session 1, Saturday Morning: October 28, 10:30 am -6:00 pm EDT

Cueing for Text with Special Guest Jennifer Tipton.  Storytelling with cue placement, timing, and rhythm to create a compelling visual narrative and support the text, design collaborators, actors, and the director’s work.

Session 2 Saturday Morning: November 4, 2023, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm EDT

Cueing for Music with Special Guest Broadway Lighting Designer Natasha Katz. A deep dive into song structure, the correspondences of light and music, language, and the possibility for light and music to be in a dialog.

Session 3, Saturday Morning: November 11, 2023, 10:30 am -6:00 pm EST

Cueing for Movement. Discover how a performer’s movement can elicit a lighting response: breaking down dance and movement to find a design language. Improve your storytelling and understanding of cue placement, timing, and rhythm from choreography and movement.

Instructor: New York City Ballet Resident Lighting Designer Mark Stanley

  • Price: $250 each session; $700 for all three in-person sessions. Space is limited.
  • Location:  New York Center for Dance and Creativity, E.10th ST and Ave A.
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SSD focuses on experiential learning and design storytelling. It celebrates the full range of human cultural expression and primarily supports those previously marginalized or excluded from the design professions. SSD sees lighting design as a creative art form and is deeply invested in the potential of telling diverse and inclusive human stories through the medium of light. The SSD vision is to increase collective knowledge and diversify access to lighting design professions. SSD seeks to provide equitable and inclusive, free, and low-cost online and in-person classes to talented and motivated learners.

SSD Faculty and Advisors:

A virtual who’s who of the global lighting design profession SSD’s Board of Advisors includes: Abigail Rosen-Holmes, Adam Honoré, Al Crawford, Alejo Vietti, Amith Chandrashaker, Anne Militello, Avi Yona Bueno, Bob Barnhart, Christina Watanabe, Craig Stelzenmuller, Heather McAvoy, Irene Byrne Ohl, Jane Cox, Jennifer Tipton, Jesper Kongshaug, Kenneth Posner, Natasha Katz, Nick Gonsman, Richard Pilbrow, Roma Flowers, Tyler Micoleau, and Xavier Pierce. Advisor bios:

SSD Leadership:

Studio School of Design is led by a stellar group of individuals bringing decades of experience in education, design, not-for-profit management, media, equity, diversity, inclusion, law and the lighting industry. We are so grateful for their leadership and support of this project. In addition to co-founders Mark Stanley and Clifton Taylor, the Board of Directors includes Ken Tabachnick, George. B Walker, Jr., Linda Shelton, Pat MacKay, and Peter Vincent. Leadership bios and background: 

Funding and Funders:

SSD is supported by grants, donations, and tuition.  Outreach to organizations and donors is ongoing. 

Donations can be made at:

Incorporation and Organization:

  • SSD is a 501c3 non-profit charitable corporation in the State of New York.
  • Studio School of Design is an equal-opportunity employer.
  • We are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and welcoming workplace for all employees.
  • The LIT award: