Rent a local studio for rehearsal space by the hour then you don't need a studio.
I was assuming this. It's still an expense.
Many small theaters will give you a stage manager and lighting person if you rent their space for performances.
I'm not sure what a "lighting person" is. If it's a stage electrician, it's true that this is often included in the rental price, but, even so, it's still an expense, whether it's broken out separately or added to the rental price. In either case, using an electrician to design your lighting is like hiring a carpenter to design your house*.
If you mean a lighting designer, this is an idea you might want to rethink. You don't expect or allow the theater to provide other artistic personnel such as costume designer, choreographer, or dancers, so why expect (or allow) them to provide someone as crucial as the lighting designer or the stage manager? There's a reason these people are traditionally furnished by the company rather than by the house.
* No slur meant against electricians, most of whom are very talented, but they tend to regard "lighting design" as what they see the LD do in the theater, without realizing that before ever walking into the theater, the designer has done many hours of work.
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