Rachel Marlow

Rachel Marlow

Production Designer

Rachel Marlow is a lighting and production designer and creator. She is a co-director, with Brad Gledhill, of boutique design house Filament Eleven 11.  Filament Eleven 11 work collaboratively to create dynamic production designs and lighting environments for live events.  They produce work that puts design and technology at the centre of storytelling in an inventive and unique way.

Designs have received accolades at both the Auckland Theatre Awards (Excellence in Design 2019, Excellence Award for 2018 Body of Work, People’s Choice Best Lighting 2017 and 2016) and the Wellington Theatre Awards (Lighting Designer of the Year 2018 and 2016).

In 2021, Filament Eleven 11 have created production designs with many of Aotearoa’s leading arts practitioners and organisations, such as Live Nation (Teeks – Something To Feel Tour, Elemental Nights – incl. Flying Nun 40th Anniversary Auckland Town Hall), Auckland Theatre Company (Things That Matter), Silo Theatre (Every Brilliant Thing). They have created 2021 lighting designs for Auckland Theatre Company (Single Asian Female), Red Leap Theatre (Dakota of the White Flats) and a re-light of Nightsong’s Te Pō

They have production managed Silo Theatre’s Every Brilliant Thing Northland Tour, and Red Leap Theatre’s Dakota of the White Flats Q Season, and are currently production managing Owls Do Cry October Festival Seasons.

They are currently working on production designs for the 2021 APRA – Silver Scrolls Awards, 2021 Pacific Music Awards, Fat Freddy’s Drop September tour, Rock 2000, and Half | Life for Lo|Co Arts (Loughlan Prior and Claire Cowan). They are creating lighting designs for Touch Compass’ 25th anniversary celebration /rītaha/, Silo Theatre Jumpboard Productions Night of the Living Dead, and Nightsong’s A Stab in the Dark.


Filament Eleven 11 enjoy the process of working with many talented companies. Lighting design credits include:

SILO (Boys will be Boys, Peter and The Wolf, Mr Burns, Here Lies Love, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt)

Auckland Theatre Company (Red Speedo, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Black Lover, My Own Darling, Sons, Next Big Thing Mentor)

Red Leap (Dust Pilgrim, Kororareka, Owls Do Cry)

Nightsong (Spirit House)

Fractious Tash (Earnest, Not Psycho, The Effect)

Last Tapes (Earnest, Valerie, Defending the JJ Mac, Mating in Captivity)

The Blackbird Ensemble (The Night Sky, The Wilderness, Dreams, All Is Full of Love)

The Actors Program (Welcome to Thebes, Earthquakes in London, Vernon God Little, Love and Information, Sheep)

NYTC (Wizard of Oz, Annie, Shrek)

Two Hearts Laura Daniel X Joseph Moore (NZ and Edinburgh Live Shows)

Basement Theatre (Hauraki Horror, Jesus Christ Super Star II, Young and Hungry Mentor)

Trick of the Light (The Road That Wasn’t There)

Zanetti Productions (Yes Yes Yes)
Binge Culture (Yorick!)

Smokes Labour Productions (Burn Her)

New Zealand International Comedy Festival (Venue Designs)


Filament Eleven 11 production designs include: 

Headsand, Valerie, Not Psycho, The Effect (Fractious Tash/Last Tapes – Set, Lighting, Projection and Video)

OTHER {Chinese}, Orangutan (white _mess – Set, Lighting, Projection)

Twenty-Eight Millimetres (Smokes Labour Productions – Set and Lighting)

A Frickin Dangerous Space-mas (Basement Christmas Show 2019 – Set, Lighting, Costume, Props, Projection)

The Opening Night Before Christmas (Basement Christmas Show 2016 – Set and Lighting)

Stimmung Choir (All Live Shows – Q Rangatira- Set Lighting and Projection)


Filament Eleven 11 have a history of creating work for both live audience and digital audience simultaneously:

Pango Productions and TVNZ’s Class Act (Live Performance Lighting Aspects )

Silver Scrolls Awards (Production Design 2019, 2018)

Pacific Music Awards (Production Design 2019, 2018, 2017)

You are Us/Aroha Nui Auckland (Lighting Design Spark Arena – Live Fundraiser for Our People, Our City fund, set up by the Christchurch Foundation in the wake of the mosque attacks)


Filament Eleven 11 create installation art including:

Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle (Auckland Live Concert Chamber, Auckland Fringe 2020 – WINNER Best Production Design – WINNER Best Visual Arts)

Light is Like Water (Basement Theatre, Monster Valley’s The Experiment and Q Theatre, White Night)

Canopy (Art in the Dark)

Detour: Enter the Dark (Myer’s Park Underpass, Art Week)

Dissension Ascending; a light exhibition (Q Vault, Auckland Fringe)

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