The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: UK Design for Performance 2015-2019 (Image: Performing Architects)

Simon Corder

Gallery Images

  • Christmas 1997 Light Up for One Canada Square
  • Collaboration with artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey


Simon Corder joined the circus as a ringboy when he left school in 1978. He went on to learn his craft as a technician in touring theatre and opera. In 1981 he joined Lumiere & Son Theatre Company, lighting theatre shows and site-specific performances in Britain and around the world.

As a professional photographer in the mid-1980s he combined news and arts photography with original images for projection in performance.

He designed lighting for the first night zoo in the world, Night Safari Singapore, which opened in 1996; and the second, in Guangzhou, China.

Simon's career as a theatrical lighting designer continues with over 150 designs for opera, theatre and dance, in situations ranging from Europe's finest opera houses to studios of the avant-garde.

He currently enjoys a variety of work including: set design, light art installations, collaborations with visual artists, film making, photography, projection for performance. He also offers production, consultancy and lighting design services to commercial clients.