Hartley is an international lighting designer and theatre consultant whose experience includes Broadway, West End, major UK producing companies, and theatres and arts venues in Europe, North America, Australia and worldwide.

Hartley’s UK work includes designs for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company (London, Stratford and international), in theatres in London’s West End, and for London producing theatres including the Almeida, BAC, Bush, Donmar Warehouse, Finborough, Gate, Hampstead, King's Head, Lyric Hammersmith, Menier Chocolate Factory, New End, Old Vic, Coronet, Royal Court, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Kiln (Tricycle). Regional UK work includes Paines Plough, Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Rep, Theatre Clwyd, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, Manchester Royal Exchange, Wales Millennium Centre, Watermill Theatre Newbury, Leeds Playhouse (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and UK touring productions. Opera includes Royal Opera House Linbury Studio, Opera Holland Park, Castleward Opera Northern Ireland, and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

In Australia Hartley has lit productions for Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company and Sydney Con in Sydney; for Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne; and for independent companies Cross Pollinate Productions, Little Dove Theatre Art, Pantsguys Productions, Red Line Productions at the Old Fitz, Ride On Theatre and Siren Theatre Company.

Hartley’s work in Europe includes Austria, Germany, Iceland, Ireland (including Gate Theatre, Dublin), Spain and Sweden, and independent companies A Movement of Humans (Berlin) and Jocular Theatre (Barcelona).

North America includes Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional. Hartley’s work has toured to Hong Kong, Korea, Russia, South Africa and Singapore.

Hartley has collaborated with directors Maria Aitken, David Atfield, John Bell, Mark Brokaw, John Burgess, Rachel Chant, Stephen Colyer, Dominic Dromgoole, Mehmet Ergen, David Farr, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Kate Gaul, Peter Gill, Tanya Goldberg, Michael Grandage, James Grieve, Charlotte Gwinner, Peter Hall, Angus Jackson, John Kachoyan, Rachel Kavanaugh, Roisin McBrinn, Chenoeh Miller, Paul Miller, Vernon Mound, Jonathan Munby, Trevor Nunn, Lindsay Posner, Pamela Rabe, Paul Robinson, Tim Roseman, Josie Rourke, Sam Strong, Charlotte Westenra and Anthea Williams.

He has worked with designers Liz Ascroft, Nick Barnes, Signe Beckmann, Rita Carmody, Alison Chitty, Bunny Christie, Jasmine Christie, Anna Cordingley, Stephen Curtis, Angela Davies, Simon Daw, Alexander Dodge, William Dudley, David Farley, Dale Ferguson, Sophie Fletcher, Anna Gardiner, Tracy Grant Lord, Ti Green, Hayden Griffin, John Gunter, Robert Innes Hopkins, Morgan Large, Steven Brimson Lewis, Anna Kelsey, Gez Mansfield, Bruce McLean, Peter McKintosh, Teresa Negroponte, Christopher Oram, Lucy Osborne, Mel Page, Francesca Reidy, Richard Roberts, Ben Stones, Philip Whitcomb and Paul Wills.

In addition to his lighting design and theatre consultancy work, Hartley is Artistic Director of C venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Current projects include

The Wicker Husband

The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Indecent Proposal

10 to 4 Productions

Southwark Playhouse

God of Carnage

Jocular Theatre,

Almeria Teatre, Barcelona

Recent projects include


Little Dove Theatre Art,

Canberra Theatre Centre

The Mill, Adelaide Fringe

Old 505, Sydney Fringe


A Movement of Humans

Pfefferberg Theater, Berlin


The Street, Canberra

Hand to God

Jocular Theatre,

Almeria Teatre, Barcelona


Winner, Best Lighting Design of an independent production, Sydney Theatre Awards 2015

Siren Theatre Company,

Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney

transfers to Hobart, Belvoir, Edinburgh

The Village Bike

Cross Pollinate Productions/Red Line Productions, Old Fitz Theatre, Sydney

The Ham Funeral

Nominated for Best Lighting Design of an independent production, Sydney Theatre Awards 2017

Siren Theatre Co/Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney


The Bob Collective

Pfefferberg Theater, Berlin


Jocular Theatre,

Almeria Teatre, Barcelona

Land of Our Fathers

Nominated for Best Lighting Design, London Off West End Awards

Theatre503, London/

Tara Finney Productions

transfer to Trafalgar Studios, London

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

UK tour


Finborough Theatre, London/

Yellow Earth Theatre

English Eccentrics

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

As Good a Time as Any

Print Room at the Coronet, London

Crave and 4.48 Psychosis

Sheffield Theatres

A Handful of Stars

Theatre503, London

transfer to Trafalgar Studios, London


Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Sydney

Dreams in White

Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney

Sunset Baby

The Gate, London

The Duchess of Malfi

Bell Shakespeare, Sydney

Old Man

Belvoir, Sydney

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Sydney Theatre Company

Our New Girl

The Bush, London

Love, Love, Love

Paines Plough, UK tour

A Number

Sheffield Theatres

Chichester Festival Theatre

Fugard Theatre, Cape Town

Professional Memberships

Association of Lighting



Society of British

Theatre Designers


Association of British

Theatre Technicians




United Scenic Artists


Australian Lighting

Industry Association