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Za Hughes

Lighting Designer, Writer

Design Experience


  • Lights: A Wrinkle in Time, Shelby Reinitz, Storybook Theatre, Calgary



  • Lights - Elements Within Us, Maya Findlay,  Sol Express, Toronto Fringe, Toronto

  • Lights -Unfurl: An Exploration in Movement, Marina Robinson Toronto Fringe, Toronto

  • Lights - Cabaret, Evan Builiung, St. Lawerence College, Ten Thousand Island Playhouse, Gananoque

  • Lights - Peter and the Starcatcher, Simon Mallett, Storybook Theatre, Calgary



  • Lights -A Scandle for All Seasons, Iain Mogach, Theatre by The Bay, Barrie

  • Lights - Between Root and Bloom,Evangeline Rose Connelly-Miller, CreativeZEST, Toronto Fringe, Toronto



  • Assistant Lights and Projection - Joe Pagnan, Marley's Christmas Carol, Thom Currie, Mangus Theatre, ThunderBay


  • Lights – The Fitting Room, Anna-Marie Anderson, Collectivus Theatre, Victoria

  • Lights – How to Tame a Dog/The Intention of Teeth, Adonis King, Intrepid Theatre, Victoria



  • Lights – The Fitting Room, Anna-Marie Anderson, Victoria Fringe

  • Lights - Tell the Hunter, Za Hughes, Phoenix Theatre, Victoria

  • Lights - Bethy and Ernie, Molly Mcdowell- Powlowski, Student Alternative Theatre Company (SATCo), Victoria



  • Lights - Antigones: A Movement Performance, Luciana Silvestre-Fernandes, Phoenix Theatre, Victoria

  • Lights - Sound is a Wave, Bisia Belina, Sound Body Studio, Victoria

  • Lights – Antigone, Luciana Silvestre-Fernandes Phoenix Theatre, Victoria

  • Lights – Project Mercury, Collette Habel, Vino Buno, Victoria

Assistant and Associate Experience


  • Associate Lighting Designer - Celeste English, Portals, Kaia Shukin, The Dance Centre, Vancouver

  • Assistant Lighting Designer - Gerald King, As You Like It, Daryl Cloran, Theatre Calgary,  Calgary



  • Assistant Lighting Designer  - Celeste English, Made in Italy, Daryl Cloran, Theatre Calgary, Calgary

  • Apprentice Lighting Designer - Michelle Ramsay, Little Shop of Horrors, Rob Kempson, Capitol Theatre, Port Hope

  • Apprentice Lighting Designer - Michelle Ramsay, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, Ashlie Corcoran, Arts Club, Vancouver

  • Apprentice Lighting Designer - Michelle Ramsay, Prison Dancer, Nina Lee Aquino, Citadel Theatre, Edmonton

  • Assistant Lighting Designer - Michelle Ramsay, Martyr, Rob Kempson, ARC Studio, Toronto



  • Assistant Lighting and Projection Design - Joe Pagnan, Marley's Christmas Carol, Thom Currie, Mangus Theatre, ThunderBay

Writer Experience 


  • Writer- Ghost Light, MAC Theatre in the Park Project, Mississauga



  • Writer- Tell the Hunter, Undergraduate Pro-forma, Phoenix Theatre, Victoria



  • Writer – Naturals, Peek Fest, Intrepid Theatre, Victoria

  • Collaborative Artist - While You Sleep, Vino Buono, Belfry Theatre Incubator Residency, Victoria



  • Writer and Performer – “Exploration of the Human Body” Gallery exhibit, City of Victoria with the Youth Poet Laureate, VIA (The University of Victoria), Victoria​


Education and Awards

  • BFA Theatre and Writing (University of Victoria 2018)

  • Talk is Free Theatre - Two Way Mentorship Program(Fall 2021)

  • Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award (2017)



  • Proficient use of Vectorworks Drafting

  • Proficient use of Light Wright Software

  • Competent on ETC Ion, Element, and Express Boards

  • Experience with new works

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