• Pilgrim

    Directed by Nick DeGruccio at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, in Hollywood, CA. Scenic Design by Tom Buderwitz, Sound Design by Drew Dalzell, Costumes by Sharell Martin. Lighting Design by Steven Young.

  • Cody Wood and the Orbits

    Cody, shown here behind the keys, performs at Los Angeles' famed Roxy Nightclub. Lighting Design by Steven Young

  • Jekyll and Hyde

    Produced by Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA. Directed by Nick DeGruccio, this production won the Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Musical in a Larger Theatre for 2008. Lighting Design by Steven Young

  • Paseo Colorado

    This mixed-use space in Pasadena, CA was a revitalization of an outdated enclosed mall to include retail, office and living space. Designed for Gallegos Lighting Design, under the direction of Patrick Gallegos.

  • Totally 80s

    The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles 80s tribute concert held at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Lighting Design by Steven Young

  • Man of La Mancha

    Musical Theatre West presented Davis Gaines as Don Quixote. Directed by Nick DeGruccio, Scenic Design by Kevin Clowes. Lighting Design by Steven Young.

About Steven

Thank you for visiting the design platform for Steven Young, Theatrical and Architectural Lighting Designer. Steven is Director of Design for Visual Terrain, Inc. - one of the world's foremost lighting design firms specializing in domestic and international destinations. For more information about Steven, including his credits and design philosophy, please click the button to the right.

Steven Young, Award-Winning Light­ing Designer

Cre­at­ing form, style, and emo­tion to sup­port and enhance the work of tal­ented actors and other design­ers. A pas­sion that breathes life into thoughts and ideas; a craft of lim­it­less pos­si­bil­i­ties and challenges.


1Well known for his light­ing designs for the­atre and live enter­tain­ment, Steven has cre­ated designs across South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, and worked with some of the finest the­atri­cal artists, con­tin­u­ing to push bound­aries and build rela­tion­ships. Steven holds sev­eral awards for his the­atri­cal work, includ­ing the Angstrom Life­time Achieve­ment Award.


2Steven has cre­ated numer­ous designs for Archi­tec­tural Projects, includ­ing designs for Visual Ter­rain, Inc., Gal­le­gos Light­ing Design, and The Ruzika Com­pany, among oth­ers. Projects range from local restau­rants, hotels, retail spaces and res­i­dences to theme parks and casi­nos around the coun­try and the world.


3With a spe­cial skill at coax­ing exquis­ite designs from venues and per­son­nel at small and large venues through­out South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in short time peri­ods, Steven exudes effi­ciency and cre­ativ­ity. His deep-felt human­ity is most impor­tant in cre­at­ing a visual expe­ri­ence for an audi­ence expe­ri­enc­ing a new artist, group or ben­e­fit with as much care and con­sid­ered thought as possible.


4Steven approaches each design with the care and dig­nity accorded to each project – begin­ning by meet­ing a direc­tor or cre­ator, and then devel­op­ing con­cepts that rein­force and expand on project goals and expec­ta­tions. Sketches and draft­ings that expound on design ideas are cre­ated to allow design con­cepts to be prac­ti­cally achieved.


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Light­ing Designer


Since leav­ing the mid­west in 1995, Steven has made a strong name for him­self and his design work through­out South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and around the world. Cred­its include Putting It Together, and A Year with Frog and Toad for South Coast Reper­tory, Boule­vard of Bro­ken Dreams at the Coconut Grove Play­house in Miami, A Time for Love for Stu­dio Arena The­atre in Buf­falo, The Laramie Project for the Laguna Play­house, Side by Side by Sond­heim, and Show­tune for the Pasadena Play­house, My Way, and The 39 Steps for McCoy-Rigby Enter­tain­ment in La Mirada, plus pro­duc­tions in Long Beach, Vista, Win­nipeg, and Cincinnati.

Other designs include Par­adise Lost: Shad­ows and Wings (Ova­tion Award, Gar­land Award, LA Weekly Award) for Theatre@Boston Court; JOB: The Hip-Hopera at the Stella Adler and the NYMF 2006; Jekyll and Hyde (Ova­tion Award) for Cabrillo Music The­atre; Side Show (Gar­land Award, Robby Award) and The Laramie Project (Ova­tion Award nom­i­na­tion) for the Colony The­atre; Carousel, She Loves Me, and No Strings for Reprise!; Hot Mikado (Gar­land Award) for Musi­cal The­atre West; A Pic­ture of Dorian Gray, God Save Gertrude, and Sum­mer­time (Ova­tion Award nom­i­na­tions) for Theatre@Boston Court; Let­ting Go of God with Julia Sweeney.

Steven was hon­ored in 2004 with the Angstrom Life­time Achieve­ment Award by the LADCC.


2013 LA Stage Alliance Ova­tion Award Nom­i­na­tion for Next to Nor­mal, McCoy-Rigby Enter­tain­ment
2013 LA Stage Alliance Ova­tion Award Nom­i­na­tion for Spring Awak­en­ing, La Mirada Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter
2011 LA Stage Alliance Ova­tion Award Nom­i­na­tion for Miss Saigon, McCoy-Rigby Enter­tain­ment
2010 LA Stage Alliance Ova­tion Award Nom­i­na­tion for Carousel, Reprise The­atre Com­pany
2010 LA Stage Alliance Ova­tion Award Nom­i­na­tion for God Save Gertrude, Theatre@Boston Court
2009 LADCC Nom­i­na­tion for Kiss of the Spi­der Woman, Havok The­atre Com­pany
2008 Ova­tion Award for Jekyll & Hyde, Cabrillo Music The­atre
2008 LADCC Award for Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story, Havok The­atre Com­pany
2007 Ova­tion Award for Par­adise Lost: Shad­ows and Wings, Theatre@Boston Court
2007 LA Weekly Award for Par­adise Lost: Shad­ows and Wings, Theatre@Boston Court
2005 Ova­tion Award for Songs for  a New World, Rubi­con The­atre Com­pany
2005 Inland The­atre League Award for 1776, Per­for­mance River­side
2004 Angstrom Life­time Achieve­ment Award, Los Ange­les Drama Crit­ics Cir­cle
2004 Inland The­atre League Award for Chil­dren of Eden, Per­for­mance River­side
2004 Inland The­atre League Award for Once on this Island, Per­for­mance River­side
2003 Inland The­atre League Award for Sweeney Todd, Per­for­mance River­side
2003 Inland The­atre League Award for For­ever Plaid, Per­for­mance River­side
2003 Inland The­atre League Award for Big River, Per­for­mance River­side
2003 Inland The­atre League Award for Joseph and the Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat, Per­for­mance River­side
2002 LA Stage Alliance Ova­tion Award Nom­i­na­tion for The Laramie Project, Theatre@Boston Court
2002 Robby Award for Side Show, The Colony The­atre
2002 Inland The­atre League Award for The Scar­let Pim­per­nel, Per­for­mance River­side
2002 Inland The­atre League Award for The Mys­tery of Edwin Drood, Per­for­mance River­side
2001 Inland The­atre League Award for Jesus Christ Super­star, Per­for­mance Riverside

Back­stage West Gar­land Awards for:
Par­adise Lost: Shad­ows and Wings, Theatre@Boston Court
A Pic­ture of Dorian Gray, Theatre@Boston Court
Hot Mikado, Musi­cal The­atre West
Side Show, The Colony The­atre
2009 Out­stand­ing Sea­son of Light­ing Design


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