So according to my search results this is a topic that hasn't really been covered before, except for this thread. Which has a a lot of useful information. The issue I'm thinking at is a little more specific though. For the governor's school interview, in two weeks, I'll be given a small portion of a script, I think it'll be 6-12 pages. We then are supposed to design our lighting based around this portion of script. It isn't terribly clear what they want from me, or what supplies will be supplied. I'm tweaking out a little bit here cause it looks like I'll be doing everything by hand, where I'm used to VectorWorks and LightWright. Paperwork I think I should generate: Plot Instrument Schedule 2-4 cues for the excerpt of script I've been given My general plan-of-attack, assuming there is ample time, and it is a small excerpt, is to read it once. Read it again perhaps underlining some key parts, changes in the text, interaction. Create some brief notes on the characters, and then go from there. That doesn't concern me as much as the "technicalities". So I'll have to draft an entire theatre space by hand before I even draft my lighting? I have to generate all my paperwork by hand? How can I design effectively as a singular entity? Where is the collaboration? Where is the scenic/costume/make-up designers' color pallet? Where is they physical aspects as the show? Where are the scenic elements? Where is the blocking? At this point I feel like I'm supposed to create an entire show in my head, then draft just the lighting portion, and present it as coherent work, in two hours. That doesn't seem fun to me... it just seems like I have to exemplify my knowledge of lights: "Oh I picked the S4-14º for the special there because of the color temperature and output variances from the 360Qs I used elsewhere, I think it will make them "pop" more." And "Oh, I thought that gobo system as downlight, in a more saturated hue would be more effective at creating depth." Or something I totally make-up. Lastly, I feel like I have to use my school's mainstage as the template for a theatre. But it can be awkward to light with the angles. I'm not sure how that will come-off. They may wonder why I did "X", and the answer is because it's the most effective way to create frontlight in the space, or downlight, because it can be such a weird space. I guess I should by some stencils ASAP! But, thoughts, anyone, on this sort of process, replies don't have to be applicable to my situation, but can be random musings.