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The result of Gilbert’s rare approach to education is that there are hundreds of bright, sensitive young lighting people who will be the top names of tomorrow. They were known, with great affection, as Gilbert’s bunnies.
 
 
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The Hemsley Lighting Programs


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The Hemsley Lighting Programs



The Hemsley Lighting Programs, Inc. was originally established in 1983 as The Gilbert V. Hemsley, Jr. Internship in Lighting in honor of this unique and much beloved man. He was responsible for the launching of so many careers in the theater that when the idea for the Internship was suggested, the outpouring of both good will and financial support created the framework upon which the program was formed and has been sustained. For over three decades, The Hemsley Lighting Programs, which now include The Hemsley Lighting Internship, The Hemsley Lighting Mentorship, and The Hemsley Lighting Portfolio review have been helping current students and recent graduates bridge the often intimidating divide between the educational and professional worlds.

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Internship Program


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Internship Program


The Hemsley Internship provides a recent graduate the opportunity to work in a professional repertory situation with resident and guest designers. Past year’s participating companies include the Lincoln Center Festival, San Francisco Opera, New York City Ballet, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Additional opportunities may include touring and media events

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Mentorship Program


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Mentorship Program


Hemsley Mentorship Program will provide grants of up to $5,000 to lighting students or recent graduates of a professional lighting degree program to help enable them to apprentice with a professional lighting designer “mentor” for an extended period in their professional practice.

 

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Portfolio Review


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Portfolio Review


The Hemsley Lighting Portfolio Review is designed to give a student the chance to meet first-hand with today’s theatre professionals so that they can improve their portfolios and get answers and advice from those already working in the industry. The day- long format allows time for informal question-and- answer sessions about professional life as well as networking opportunities with peers, Broadway production electricians, working designers, and artistic directors.

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Get Involved


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Corporate and personal contributions have been instrumental in advancing the activities of the The Hemsley Lighting Programs.

Donations at all levels will receive acknowledgement.

The Hemsley Lighting Programs, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized under IRS code 501c (3). All donations are tax deductible and receipts will be provided.

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Please make your check payable to The Hemsley Lighting Programs, Inc. and send to:

The Hemsley Lighting Programs P.O. Box 1321 Ansonia Station New York, NY 10023

Some, when they achieve greatness, forget the foundation upon which their greatness is built. The greater Gilbert grew in fame, the greater the light he cast on those students who surrounded him and wished to be drawn into that light. His heart was as generous as his girth.” — William Elwood, Former Chairman, Theater Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison