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.