Kelli Zezulka

kelliKelli is a PhD researcher in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at University of Leeds. Her research examines the role of language and agency in creative collaboration, with specific reference to lighting designers working in live performance. She previously completed an MRes degree, also at University of Leeds, on the history of lighting design at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Kelli also holds a BA in theatre from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA, and a Higher National Diploma in stage management and technical theatre from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

A freelance lighting designer, Kelli has worked on a wide variety of productions, from rural tours of one-woman shows to small- and mid-scale theatre and opera; a full portfolio can be seen at Kelli is a non-executive director of the Association of Lighting Designers and editor of its bi-monthly magazine, Focus. She also works as a freelance proofreader and editor, specialising in investor relations and corporate communications as well as topics related to language, scenography and technical theatre. In her free time, Kelli works with theatre activism groups Crew for Calais ( and Love Letters to the Home Office ( An avid lover of dogs, she relaxes by spending time with Alfie, Maisie, Tetley and Wolfie (who she met through Borrow My Doggy: and Sadie and Maebel (her in-laws’ Labradors). She is married to an actor and dreams of moving to Prague one day.