David J. Tatu
Technical Director and Resident Lighting Designer
for the Department of Dance


David J Tatu is the 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 season. 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, 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.


As the Production Stage Manager and assistant lighting designer for 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.


During his first year at KSU, David created the lighting for Absentia, Rebuild, Swan Lake Act II, Alice and Winergy. He has lit the Company at various festivals such as American Collage Dance Festival 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 Art’s facilities. He is an LEED Accredited Professional, has project managed a LEED Gold certified renovation, worked on the Department of Dance’s Phase Two expansion and is currently working on plans for the Third expansion of the dance studios 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.


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