Professional Skills and Services

While growing up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan a career in professional theatre was never really a thought and New York seemed like such a far-off place. Fast-forward a few decades, and after almost 10 years touring the world with 8 different productions, I now find myself outside of Albany, NY. I have fostered a unique blend of photographic knowledge and theatrical lighting design that allows me to truly understand the nuances present on the theatrical stage. This unique skill set helps me understand a wide variety of production settings and to best capture images that will continue to document productions and characters for years to come and create imagery in the real world that borrows the aesthetic from the theatrical stage.


Theatrical Production Technician

I began my career in professional theatre and lighting while working as a student with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts Local #274 in East Lansing, MI and a decade later, I have worked in countless theatres and performing arts spaces around the globe. After moving to the NY Capital Region, I continue to work in the arts in a local Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center and with IATSE Local #14 as an ETCP Certified Entertainment Electrician.

Theatrical Lighting Direction & Design

Lighting Design, both collegiate and professional, was the focus of my time in East Lansing, Michigan while studying at the Michigan State University Department of Theatre. After attaining my B.A. degree in theatre with an emphasis on Production in 2004, I decided to move into a professional career in which I could work along-side world-class designers and learn as much as I could along the way. Having learned more than I ever could have imagined from the designers, associates, assistants and production teams along the way, I am excited to focus more on theatrical design as my career continues to evolve.



Theatrical Photography

I have had the distinct privilege of photographing some excellent touring Broadway productions; with cast and creative teams that are some of the biggest talents in the industry. Productions photographed include The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat starring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, and the first national tour of the TONY™ award winning musical, MEMPHIS starring Bryan Fenkart and Felicia Boswell. Imagery of these productions and more are located on my photography website by clicking the button below.


Examples of My Work

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    Master Electrician / Lighting Supervisor

    I am the point person and lead technician coordinating lighting for various artist residencies, campus programs and community events in EMPAC's four venues.

    Touring Head Electrician

    I was the direct supervisor of two touring electricians and 12 locals who safely move $1.3 Million of lighting equipment in and out of a new venue each week.

    Touring Assistant Electrician

    I personally maintained the Vari-Lites in addition to dealing with the day to day programming and focusing of the show’s one of a kind projection design.

    Touring Head Electrician

    I personally dealt with the dimming and control interfaces in every city as well as focusing the moving lights, and making sure the lighting department was running smoothly.

    Touring Lighting Technician

    As one of the 5 lighting technicians, I was responsible for building and tearing down the 4 over-stage trusses, as well as two under-hung motion controlled trusses and the 80 fixtures hung on and suspended below them.

    Touring Assistant Electrician/Programmer

    I was responsible for setting up and programming the control and dimming portion of the touring lighting system.
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    Ikonika in concert at EMPAC

    Lighting Design and Programming by Daniel A. Swalec.

    Mouse on Mars on stage at EMPAC

    Lighting Design and Programming by Daniel A. Swalec, video imagery and programming by the artists.

    VHVL in concert at EMPAC

    Lighting Design and Programming by Daniel A. Swalec.

    Muriel Roberts and Nate Wooley in Concert at EMPAC

    Lighting Design and Programming by Daniel A. Swalec.

    Nate Wooley Recordings at EMPAC

    Lighting Design and Programming by Daniel A. Swalec.

    Callie Spooner Recordings at EMPAC

    Lighting Direction and Programming by Daniel A. Swalec.

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