USA 829 Lighting Designers create the design and direction of lighting for theatre, opera and dance and other live performance venues. Lighting design for the stage is cinematography for live performance. It manipulates the audience in how to see the event and controls where we look. Lighting is the atmosphere of the event. Jean Rosenthal, a pioneer in stage lighting, wrote: "Design in the theatre is the creation of atmosphere. It is either representational atmosphere, such as in the naturalistic theatre of accurately placed suns and moons, or it the abstract arrangement of an environment that creates an atmosphere right for the intention of the play."