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. The Internship has provided a singular opportunity for one very fortunate student every year since 1984 and it has continued to steadily expand. Initially, it provided an opportunity for a graduating lighting student to participate in a six-month program centered on the intense repertory lighting work of the New York City Opera. Currently, the Internship has grown into a nine-month program adding the winter season of New York City Ballet and full participation in the Lincoln Center Festival. In 2004, a first ever national portfolio review for graduating lighting students was added to the Internship’s ongoing initiatives and in recognition of the organization’s expanding scope, the corporation was renamed The Hemsley Lighting Programs. The new portfolio review has allowed graduate work to be seen and evaluated by some of the foremost lighting, scenic and costume designers, theater directors, and choreographers currently working in the business, with the goal of providing well-rounded feedback and helping to bridge the often intimidating divide between the educational and professional worlds.