Mr. David J Tatu
Production Manager/ Resident Lighting Designer
B.F.A. in Technical Direction, UNCSA
David J Tatu is the Production Manager and Resident Lighting Designer for the Department of Dance and teaches a course in Dance Production each semester.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Technical Direction, David spent a large part of his early career on the road with both Dance and Theater companies. He was the Master Carpenter for North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and spent over thirty weeks a year traveling with North Carolina Dance Theater for three seasons. With Ballet Metropolitan, he toured the Midwest, The Rocky Mountain States, and as far north as Thunder Bay, Ontario. He has also toured Internationally from South Korea to London, England.
He was the Director of Production and Lighting Director for Atlanta Ballet for over 15 years. A few of his original lighting design credits include: Alice in Wonderland, Carmina Burana, Divertimento #15, Il Distratto, Intermezzo, Pastoral Dances, Rite of Spring, Troy Game, Coppelia, Prisma, La Bayadere Act II, Cinderella, Con Amore, Allegro Brilliante, Madame Butterfly, Nutcracker and most he created the lighting for John McFall’s final work with Atlanta Ballet: Sleeping Beauty. He has also designed for Ohio Ballet, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, Nevada Opera, Gwinnett Ballet, and Robert LaFosse’s Dancers from New York. He was the Resident Lighting Designer for Dance Canvas and designs for other local dance companies. Recently he designed the lighting for Paper Doll Militia's touring full length aerial production Warped. His designs have been recreated for Houston and Boston Ballet and at smaller, regional companies.
As the Production Stage Manager and assistant lighting designer with Ohio Ballet, he worked closely with Tony Award winning lighting designer, Thomas R. Skelton. During that time, he recreated Skelton’s work for two seasons at the Joyce and designed the lighting for Ohio Ballet’s In Full Swing, A Person, and The Exiles.
At KSU, David has created the lighting for a score of works. Some of his favorites: Rebuild, Alice, Winergy, Touchdown, Con Moto-Mosso, Derivative, Hyperkinetic and Table Manners 10.5. He has lit the Company at various festivals such as American Collage Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center and has Production Managed Department of Dance events around Atlanta.
David has worked as a Facilities Manager, most recently for Atlanta Ballet, and a Project Manager and consultant for multiple construction projects and renovations of arts facilities. He is an LEED Accredited Professional, has project managed a LEED Gold certified renovation, worked on the KSU Department of Dance’s Phase Two expansion and the Phase Three expansion plans for the dance studios located in Chastain Pointe along with working on the renovations to the Dance Theater on the Marietta Campus.
While at Kennesaw State University, David has joined the Crisis Coordinator program and achieved both Coined and Pinned status for his training and work in emergency preparedness. He is one of KSU’s first cadres of certified CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) instructors and is also a member of the Fulton County CERT program.