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Martin Professional Online Training and Webinars

During this unprecedented period, Martin and HARMAN are offering a whole series of training courses and webinars. This includes formal technical technical training in a virtual classroom setting, to webinars with industry experts. Please take a look at the upcoming schedule below. All times shown are UK times (BST British Summer Time).

28 January, 17:00 (GMT)

Moving Lights: the Art of Perfect Positioning

Presented by Brad Schiller, Martin Senior Business Development Manager

Creating position focuses for moving lights is an essential skill for any programmer. In this session, Brad will describe the tools and processes to aid in focusing as well as common positions that can prove useful for most productions.

Brad Schiller’s career in automated lighting spans 30 years. He is a Business Development Manager at Martin and the author of both “Living the Lighting Life” and “The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook” as well as a columnist for PLSN. A self-described lighting geek, Brad enjoys sharing knowledge with others.


03 February, 17:00 (GMT)

Lighting Design for Concert Touring - efficient workflows and approaches

Presented by Roland Greil, Lighting and Production Designer

Join Roland for this webinar to explore lighting design workflows and producing shows for large-scale concerts. We will also look at a few of Roland’s recent projects and the processes behind the curtain that efficiently put them together.

Roland‘s work as a designer, programmer and director includes some of the biggest names in the world of music like Adele, Phil Collins, The Rolling Stones and Rammstein, alongside TV shows, special events and theater productions. His work has been nominated for multiple awards, internationally.


Archived Previous Sessions

19 January, 17:00 (GMT)

Why does my console do that? ... A brief tour of lighting control history

Presented by Rob Halliday, Lighting Designer / Lighting Programmer

A look at how even the latest lighting consoles are shaped by their predecessors from decades ago - even from the days of gaslight! Rob also explores some useful functions that have gotten lost along the way - making the case for their return!

Rob works around the world (usually!) as a lighting designer and programmer. His use of the latest lighting technology on shows is balanced by a fascination with the history of show lighting, reflected in his monthly Classic Gear column and in the UK's Backstage Heritage Collection, which he helped create.

17 December, 17:00 (GMT)

Trade Show Booth Lighting Design from Start to Finish with Michael Mahoney

Join Michael Mahoney as he shares his scenic, rigging, and lighting creative booth design process for today’s live corporate market. Explore smart and safe truss layouts that not only support lights but everything hanging in the space.

16 December, 17:00 (GMT)

Martin P3 System Controller Software 5.2.0 In Depth Training with Wouter Verlinden

In this training-seminar, you will learn everything about the newly released Martin P3 System Controller Software 5.2.0. Each of the new features and improvements will be shown and explained in full detail. Basic P3 experience is recommended.

Wouter started playing with lights at the age of 14, and in 2009 he joined Martin Professional as a Project Manager for Martin Visual Solutions. Two years later, he became a Product Manager, overseeing all Martin LED Video and Creative LED product developments, including the P3 System Controller platform.

15 December, 17:00 (GMT)

Budgeting for Concert Lighting: Determining How Much Your Show Should Cost with Chris McMeen

In this webinar, Chris McMeen discusses the basics of budgeting for concert lighting, how touring packages differ in costs and breaking down the components. He’ll also explain how to make budgeting sheets and discuss some past projects.

12 November, 16:00 (GMT)

Setting Up and Monitoring Power Distribution for Lighting and Audio

In this webinar, we’ll explore safe set up of portable power distribution systems, avoiding problems like overloaded circuits, excessive heat, ground loops and induced noise, proper system monitoring and how to prevent electrical accidents.

Richard Cadena is a freelance lighting professional, author, and trainer who has worked on concert tours, television, theatre, motion picture productions, and corporate events. He is also a columnist for Lighting & Sound America, Lighting & Sound International, and Protocol magazines.

11 November, 17:00 (GMT)

The History of Nightclubs and Architainment with Marsha Stern

This webinar provides insight on the evolution of analog to automated lighting systems & how that revolutionized our industry, providing the bridge for entertainment technology to be included in the architectural lighting design environment.

04 November, 17:00 (GMT)

Theater to Events: Making Lighting Design Education Work Across Disciplines w/ Wes Richter

This webinar will discuss how to compress your pre-production into a few hours; what language to use to describe the elements of lighting; how the workflow of a day can be reinforced by the steps of a traditional lighting design; and much more.

29 October, 17:00 (GMT)

The ABC's of Awesome Lighting Technology

Join Brad as he explores his favourite lighting terms and explains their meaning, importance, and history. Covering all genres of production, this lively discussion will introduce you to some of the more obscure nomenclature from every letter of the alphabet.

Brad has been involved in automated lighting for over 30 years and is currently a Business Development Manager at Martin Professional. He is the author of “The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook” and a regular columnist for PLSN. A self-described lighting geek, Brad enjoys sharing knowledge with others.

28 October, 17:00 (GMT)

A Brief User’s Manual For A Lighting Career

“Freelance Production Professional” is a niche role that no one outside of our business understands very well. In this webinar, we’ll try to create a bit of a checklist to make “adulting” less of a chore in your dream career.

Benny has been lighting stages for the past 35 years, working as a lighting technician, director, designer, programmer and master electrician. His work has included world tours, festivals, themed entertainment, television, film and Broadway theater.

27 October, 17:00 (GMT)

The Art of Perfect Playback in Lighting Design

We will discuss how to learn the art of running a perfectly timed show when designing lighting for a wide variety of artists and applications.

Michael Keller is a touring lighting director, designer, programmer and technician. Throughout his career, he has worked with a variety of touring acts including Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne and more.

22 October, 17:00 (BST)

Managing Lighting Industry Relationships and Evolving Your Career

In this webinar, we'll discuss how important relationships are in the lighting world and how they can make or break your career. If time permits, we'll also talk about relationships with technology and how important it is to keep current.

Ethan is a touring lighting designer, director, programmer and technician. His design credits include Keith Richards, Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Manson and Angels & Airwaves among others. He has also been the lighting director for The Rolling Stones, U2 and Van Halen.

21 October, 17:00 (BST)

Sitting In The Co-Pilot’s Chair (The Lighting Programmer And Their Relationship With The Lighting Designer)

The lighting programmer’s job is to translate a designer’s vision into the practicalities of console and lights. It’s a relationship that is intimate, thrilling and unique. Learn more about it from someone who’s sat on both sides of it.

Rob works around the world as a lighting designer (Tree of Codes, Giudizio Universale) and a lighting programmer for other designers (Billy Elliot, Mata Hari, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon), leaving him perfectly placed to reflect on the unique working relationship between these two roles.

20 October, 17:00 (BST)

Yanni: A Case Study in Lighting a Show in the Odd Corners of the Earth with Bud Horowitz

Learn how Bud Horowitz adapts the lighting for a heavily cued concert to a wide variety of venues & lighting systems. This discussion will include dealing with locally provided lighting systems and iconic locations such as the Pyramids of Giza.

Bud Horowitz is a lighting designer/lighting director who has spent the last 40 years lighting shows and events worldwide. Some of the artists he has toured with include Devo, Kenny Rogers, John Mellencamp, Styx, Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Carrie Underwood, Bette Midler, Brian Setzer and Yanni.

15 October, 17:00 (BST)

Lighting for Theme Parks: Creating an Experience That Lasts

We are going to focus on designing for different theme park areas for a long term, themed installation, while being mindful of the end user. Also we will discuss how to ensure the guests and park receive the highest quality product.

Hansen is a Lighting Manager at Universal Creative in Orlando. His varied experience in the theme park industry has allowed him to help with the opening of many attractions, buildings, and meet & greets for the parks in Central Florida. His work is seen daily by thousands of guests from around the world.

15 October, 14:00 (BST)

MAC Aura PXL live stream demo | PLASA Online 2020

A live streamed overview of the new Martin MAC Aura PXL forms part of the upcoming PLASA Online event. On 15th October at 2pm join Martin's Ben Payne and Martin UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd's Chris Walker, for a live run-through of the fixture with an opportunity for Q&As.

13 October, 19:00 (BST)

Ideas & Inspiration an Exploration of Creativity

An exploration of the drive to create, sources of inspiration, influences, and the creative process. From pushing boundaries, to collaboration, and designing realistically. To submit questions in advance please send to

Abigail Rosen Holmes is a multidisciplinary artist, known for innovative, cutting edge design in lighting, video, and production. Her work spans iconic projects in concert, installation, events, tv and film. See some of her projects at:

01 October, 19:00 (BST)

Using Lighting Design to Tell a Story

In this webinar, we discuss lifting up your design to the next level with the use of storytelling and adding an arch to the performance. We also explore mediums that you can draw inspiration from to heighten the emotion of your design.

30 September, 19:00 (BST)


WHY do we crave live experiences? What is the science and sociology behind that need?
HOW has Lightswitch used that science to craft compelling experiences?
NOW we can’t currently gather together, how can we still create compelling experiences?

24 September, 17:00 (BST)

Drawing a Useful Lighting Plot with Michael Sharon

Learn how to turn a napkin drawing of a lighting plot into a practical road map that others can follow. This webinar will feature tips for creating clear and informative plots, as well as a checklist of information to include.

08 September, 15:00 (BST)

Lighting for Houses of Worship: Touring, Multi-location, and Large Campus with Jarrad Donovan

In this webinar, HARMAN Senior Business Development Manager Nathan Fleming will interview JD about his extensive experience working in houses of worship.

01 September, 17:00 (BST)

Wearing Multiple Hats in the Lighting Industry with Tony Caporale

This webinar will provide an overview of the many roles in the lighting industry. Tony will share his personal experiences in lighting direction, programming and design, with emphasis on growing your career and making a name for yourself.

27 August, 17:00 (BST)

Assembling Your Dream Team: Lighting Collaboration on Broadway with Bradley King and Nick Solyom

Learn how Broadway lighting designers and their associates tackle the production process including best practices, division of labor, effective workflows and communication strategies, the difference between assistants and associates, and a Q&A.

26 August, 17:00 (BST)

Touring Large Scale Productions: Challenges, Preparations and Solutions with Dr. Dinesh Yadav

This webinar will demonstrate a Technical Director’s process for preparing a large-scale production for an international tour, including tips for problem solving, paperwork and visa requirements, technical requirements and duty-free shopping.

25 August, 17:00 (BST)

The History and Evolution of Automated Lighting with Craig Rutherford and Brad Schiller

Over the last forty years, automated stage lighting has taken over stages worldwide. Join Brad and Craig as they explore the path the industry has followed and look back at memorable moments and products.

20 August, 17:00 (BST)

Conceptual Design Principles with Craig Rutherford

Where do you start when tasked with developing a lighting design? What makes a design memorable and interesting? This webinar will explore the fundamentals of visual design with a focus on lighting concerts and developing a coherent style.

19 August, 13:00 (BST)

Architectural Lighting Products and Lighting Techniques with Annie Dafni

Lighting is the 4th dimension of architecture. In this session, we will explore the Martin architectural lighting product portfolio and also learn about the techniques of facade lighting with a demo model.

13 August, 17:00 (BST)

Programming Essentials: Workflow and Views with Benny Kirkham

Different projects require different approaches and workflows. In this webinar, Benny will explain his role as a lighting programmer in several past productions and describe how the needs of the show dictated his approach.

11 August, 17:00 (BST)

Transitioning from Touring To Corporate with Matt Mills

In this webinar, Matt will detail his own journey from touring with high-profile acts to jumping into the corporate lighting design arena, including examples of workflow differences between the two disciplines.

04 August, 17:00 (BST)

From Idea to Output - The Development Process of a Moving Light with Brad Schiller


New lighting fixtures don’t just magically appear on the market. Learn about the product development cycle and how an idea transforms into a fixture in a lighting rig. This session will provide insight into how new lights are developed.

Brad has been involved in automated lighting for over 30 years and is currently a Business Development Manager at Martin Professional. He is the author of “The Automated Lighting Programmer’s Handbook” and a regular columnist for PLSN. A self-described lighting geek, Brad enjoys sharing knowledge with others.

28 July, 04:00 (BST)

Incorporating Martin MAC Encore and ELP Into Modern Lighting Design with Paul Collison


This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the versatility of the Martin MAC Encore and ELP fixtures in lighting design for events, theatre, broadcast, fashion and other applications.

Paul has over 25 years of experience in various facets of lighting design, including multi-camera broadcast, dance, opera, theatre, fashion, large-scale public events and video content creation, as well as video mapping and replay systems. Paul works extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.