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Lightwright Issues Special Emergency License for Remote Learning

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTools of the Trade • March 19, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, Lightwright creator John McKernon has announced the availability of special emergency Lightwright licenses.

Many colleges and universities who use Lightwright are now conducting classes remotely, which means their students do not have access to the school’s computer lab and Lightwright licenses. If you are currently learning remotely without access to your school’s computers or school’s Lightwright license, you can now access Lightwright® 6 software with a special emergency Lightwright license through June 1, 2020.

Here’s how to use it:  
* Download and install the public beta of Lightwright, available here. Older versions of Lightwright will not work with this emergency license.

* Download the .lwtrn file using this link: Lightwright License Exp 6-1-20.LWtrn

* Put the .LWtrn file in either your Documents folder or on your computer’s desktop. Depending on your operating system, it may work in one location but not the other.

* Launch Lightwright. There is nothing else to do.
The license expires June 1, 2020 and is not renewable. Regular and student licenses are still available as usual from any City Theatrical dealer worldwide.
Complete info on how to download and use the temporary license at:


Lightwright is a proprietary software that manages theatrical lighting data and paperwork. Developed and maintained by John McKernon, the Lightwright software combines a relational database with a graphical user interface in support of user generated instrument schedules, channel hookups, and other lighting paperwork from a single spreadsheet/database. It also provides error-checking and lighting-specific data entry shortcuts.

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