Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Spotlight on the Light: Dan the Man Gallagher

I have known Dan for 21 years. I was in his wedding. The two of us grew up together here in Amherst County. How lucky am I that when I returned home to start a theatre company that one of my closest childhood friends would be an accomplished lighting designer and that his family would still live in the area. The opportunity to bring Dan home to work is a very special one.

Dan currently lives in New York with his wife Angie. Dan was the 2005 Gilbert Hemsley Lighting assistant at Lincoln Center, where he worked for New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, the Lincoln Center Festival, Julliard, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

He has taught lighting design at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he received his MFA and designed shows for the University Opera and University Theatre including, The Secret Garden, The Memorandum, Dialogues of the Carmelites and The Physicists for which he won the 2003 Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival award for best lighting design.

He has also designed for CTM Madison Family Theatre, Madison Savoyards, Renaissance Theaterworks (WI), Mary Washington College (VA), Arizona State University, Manhattan Children's Theatre, Maieutic Theatre Works, the Forestburgh Playhouse (NY), and the New York, D.C. and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals.

He has also worked as an assistant designer at Madison Rep, Milwaukee Rep, and Skylight Opera. He became a company member of The Endstation Theatre Company last year and recently designed our original production of The Mind of Poe.

It was a very special opportunity to work with Dan on The Mind of Poe last year. Dan, and I mean this in all honesty, is the best lighting designer I have ever worked with. He is easy to communicate with, hard working, and extremely resourceful. It is such a blessing to have him as a member of this company.

Welcome home Dan!

Geoffrey Kershner
Endstation Blogger and Artistic Director

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