Dan Stearns is a New York-based lighting designer interested in the intersections of theater, dance, music, and video. Dan has worked with directors, choreographers, and companies including Meredith Monk, Kyle Abraham, Bebe Miller, Scott Ebersold (eight productions since 2012), Paul Bedard/Theater in Asylum (resident lighting designer), Tara Ahmadinejad/Piehole, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co., Jane Comfort, Pavel Zuštiak/Palissimo, LeeSaar The Company, Tami Stronach Dance, Sanaz Ghajar/Built for Collapse, and Nylon Fusion Collective.
In addition to his design work, Dan was the production manager and lighting supervisor for A.I.M by Kyle Abraham from 2014 to 2021, where he oversaw the development of over twenty new productions; reconstructed archival designs; and toured works by Abraham and guest choreographers to venues including the Kennedy Center, Jacob's Pillow, Sadler's Wells, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Maison de la Danse (Lyon), HAU1 (Berlin), and Dansens Hus (Stockholm). Dan continues to work as a freelance lighting supervisor, and has assisted and toured the designs of Joe Levasseur, Dan Scully, Nicole Pearce, Bueno Avi-Yona (Bambi), and Natalie Robin, among others.
A 2011 graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Dan studied theater directing at Playwrights Horizons Theater School and design in the Technical Production Track (now the Production & Design Studio). Among other credits, he has directed productions of William Finn & James Lapine's Falsettos and Charles Mee's The Bacchae 2.1; led the creation of two devised theater works; and assisted directors Rachel Chavkin and Brad Malow.
Dan brings his interdisciplinary arts background to his designs with a strong emphasis on architecture, composition, and dramaturgy. Committed to collaborative theatrical processes, he strives to create work that is integral and essential, whether he is designing for a proscenium stage, black box theater, or site-specific performance.
Above: Hephaestus, photo by Ryan Prado, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center/Rough Draft Festival