Emma Chapman
Lighting Designer
Agent(s): Helen Mumby


Emma Chapman trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

With Lucy Osborne and Howard Eaton, Emma Chapman designed and realized The Stage Awards’ Theatre Building of the Year 2015: Roundabout, commissioned by Paines Plough. After taking the venue on tour with that company in 2014 and 2015, the trio set up Studio Three Sixty to design and build more innovative spaces, including the pop-up multipurpose performance venue The Mix.

Current and upcoming credits include: Cinderella (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Theatre credits include: Coram Boy (Chichester Festival Theatre/Lowry); Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (London Handel Festival); Self-Raising (Graeae/Edinburgh Fringe/UK tour); The Third Man (Menier Chocolate Factory); Christina Bianco – In Divine Company; (Menier Chocolate Factory); Marjorie Prime (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Mirror Crack’d (UK Tour); The Lion (Southwark Playhouse & US Tour); Beauty And The Beast (Rose Theatre, Kingston); The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Ghost Quartet (Boulevard Theatre, Soho); Rosenbaum’s Rescue (Park Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg, Oper Graz); Utility (Orange Tree Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); The Human Ear (Paines Plough); Joanne (Clean Break Theatre Company & Soho Theatre); Boi Boi is Dead (Leeds Theatre Trust & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Rose (with Art Malik; Edinburgh Fringe); The Machine Gunners; The Planet and Stuff; Run (Polka Theatre); Dublin Carol (Donmar Season); Sex with a Stranger (Trafalgar Studios); Three Sea Plays (Old Vic Tunnels); Parallel Hamlet (Young Vic); Dick Whittington (Bury St Edmunds)

Opera credits include: The Paradis Files (Graeae Theatre Company, UK Tour); Xerxes; Carmen (Royal Northern College of Music); Cosi Fan Tutte (Royal College of Music); The Pied Piper (Opera North); Il Turco in Italia (Angers/Nantes Opera and Luxembourg)

She has also lit Rumplestiltskin for London Children’s Ballet at the Peacock Theatre, available on DVD.

Other notable engagements include Olivier Award-winning play The Mountaintop for Theatre 503 & Trafalgar Studio; the highly praised The Painter which opened the new Arcola Theatre, and the David Mamet double bill which opened their studio; Wet Weather Cover at the King’s Head and Arts Theatre.

Emma is co-author of The Life of A Lighting Designer, due to be published by Methuen Drama in 2023.