12 Best Lighting, AV, and Theatre Tech Podcasts to Check Out in 20228 min read

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Podcasts have really taken off over the last few years. No matter the topic, there’s probably a podcast for every thinkable topic. 

In 2022, we’re seeing independent podcasts being purchased by large companies like Spotify and Pandora. That’s a pretty good sign that podcasts are rising in popularity.

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them as TV shows for your ears. Most podcasts update regularly – whether daily or weekly. And if you download a podcast app, you can listen through them as they come in, and the app will remember your place. 

If you’re still not sure what a podcast is, watch this short video:

We’ve put together a list of 12 podcasts popular in the tech theatre, lighting design, and event technology worlds. If you’re looking for more ways to fill your time, go download a podcast app, and look for these shows. 

The Light Side podcast by Luke Stratton 

Lighting Designer and Audio Engineer Luke Stratton (Dopapod) sits down with various lighting designers, directors, and programmers from the live music industry to find out what makes them tick, what tools they use to get the job done, and what it means to be a wizard, a mad scientist, and sometimes even a Jedi. 

Light Talk by The Lumen Brothers 

LIGHT TALK is a pod cast featuring three seasoned professional designers and educators who discuss the latest topics and developments in the world of entertainment lighting design. 

Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), and David Jacques (California State University Long Beach) offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. 

Nothing is Taboo, 

Nothing is Sacred. 

And very little makes sense. 

Light Talk-broadcasting questionable lighting knowledge around the globe every Saturday. 

Lighting Nerds 

Lighting Nerds is a podcast of design, lighting, production, technology, and sarcasm, hosted by Alex Hughes and Craig Rutherford. 

Casting Light Podcast 

Casting Light Podcast features interviews with the leading practitioners in entertainment lighting. 

In 1: The Podcast by Cory Pattak 

You know those conversations you have at the bar after a long day of tech? The moments where you sit with your friends and colleagues and discuss what you love about being a designer, but also what drives you mad? Imagine getting to listen in on those conversations with some of the most fascinating, celebrated, and sought after theatrical designers working today. From life on the road to life in a Broadway theatre….from trying to get noticed in New York to making a splash in regional theatre. Hosted by real life (we think) designer Cory Pattak, in 1: the podcast offers unprecedented access into the world of theatrical design, direct from the industry’s most interesting movers and shakers. All the world’s a stage, so draw back the curtain and come meet the magic makers who bring those worlds to life. 

Silk Flowers and Papier Mache Hearts 

Ashley Flowers and Eric Hart discuss the world of props for the stage and screen. 

Circuit and Gear podcast by Gareth Connors 

A podcast about scenic automation, theatrical automation, show control, and moving scenery on stage. 

20 Thousand Hz  

A podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. 

The Soundtrack Show  

The Soundtrack Show is a weekly look at film scores and soundtracks for some of the most popular movies, TV Shows, Video Games and Theater pieces of all time. 

Sound Design Live 

Build your career as a sound engineer. 

The podcast for live audio professionals. Interviews with the leading innovators in concert, theatre, and corporate production. Submit your questions: http://buff.ly/Nwpsf0 

Nathan Lively is a Career Coach for Audio Professionals, Podcast Consultant for Small Businesses, and Author. 

The Cue – A Show Control Podcast  

A Podcast about Show Control. We cover everything related to show control, from QLab to TouchOSC. Our cast of experts will entertain and enlighten you about all the amazing possibilities. 

The Title Block by Michael Kruse 

The Title Block is a podcast about Canadian theatre designers and their craft.  It is hosted by Michael Kruse, a former lighting designer.  Each episode we focus on one designer and their body of work and talk about their training, philosophy and history. 

The title block is the area on a technical drawing where the name of the designer, the show and essential navigation information is put.  On a costume drawing, it also includes the actor and the character it depicts. 

Final Thoughts

We’re bound to see more and more podcasts popping up in 2022, and as we do, we’ll add them to this list.

One app worth watching is Clubhouse. Right now, it’s invite-only, but it’s really taking off and should be available to everyone very soon.

The app is basically a place for interactive podcasts. There are rooms (clubs) where people talk about different topics, and each room has speakers on the “stage.”

Mashable has been pumping out good information on Clubhouse, so if you want to learn more, head there and check it out. It’s definitely the number one app on our radar right now.

Hopefully you find something you like from this list. If you know of other shows that should be included, let us know in the comments, and we’ll add them. 

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