I hail from Amherst, Virginia where I began working backstage during high school. I started to specialize in lighting design while attending Mary Washington College where I received my BA in Theatre in 2001. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I received my MFA and designed The Physicists for which I won the 2003 Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival award for best lighting design. After graduating in 2003, I taught at UW-Madison as a guest lecturer in lighting design. I moved to New York City after being accepted as the 2005 Gilbert Hemsley intern, where I worked at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. From 2007-2012, I continued to work for these institutions as the Assistant Lighting Designer for NYC Opera. As a freelance designer, I have worked for Williams Street Rep, MTWorks, BOO-Arts Productions, The Cell, On the Square, Madison Rep, Madison Family Theatre, The Flea, AMDA, Manhattan Children’s Theatre, Flamenco Vivo and Miki Liszt Dance Co, and Endstation Theatre Company. I have been a guest artist at Arizona State University, Daytona State College, Ramaz, Connecticut College, Northeastern Illinois University and Lock Haven University. I am a member of United Scenic Artists 829. Most recently, I worked as a project manager for RGB Lights in Chicago.
Outside of the theatre, I enjoy cooking, painting, and I have logged hundreds of miles on the Appalachian Trail. I am looking forward to exploring the Adirondacks.
You can find examples of my work at dangallagherld.com
- 2003 Kennedy Center ACTF Lighting Design National Winner
Examples of my work as a visiting scholar or guest at another institution:
Regularly Taught Courses:
- PCA 103 Stagecraft
- PCA 303 Lighting Design