David J. Tatu
Technical Director and Resident Lighting Designer
for the Department of Dance
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 two, twenty-five plus city tours with North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and two Holiday tours of a Christmas Carol. He spent over thirty weeks a year traveling with North Carolina Dance Theater for three years. With Ballet Metropolitan he toured the Midwest, The Rocky Mountain States and as far north as Thunder Bay, Canada. 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, Berceuse, Con Amore, Pinocchio, Garden of Mirth, Allegro Brilliante, Astral Journey, Passages, If a rose falls, Stella, Madame Butterfly and Nutcracker. 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 Production Stage Manager and assistant lighting designer for Ohio Ballet where 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.
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 Art’s facilities. He is an accredited LEED Green Associate, has project managed a LEED Gold certified renovation and is working on the Department of Dance’s Phase Two expansion which will include two new Dance studios, Scenery and Costume shop and new office spaces located in Chastain Pointe.
While at Kennesaw State University, David has joined the Crisis Coordinator program, is one of KSU’s first cadres of certified CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) instructors and achieved both Coined and Pinned status in the Crisis Coordinator program for his training and work in emergency preparedness. He is also a member of the Fulton County CERT program.
Away from KSU, David is very active in his community as the neighborhood representative to the City of Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) and is a member of the Executive Committee for NPU-D where he has participated in planning workshops for the Atlanta Beltline project and Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan.