Disney's The Lion King


North American Tour

Disney's The Lion King, the hit Broadway musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature film of the same name features music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, along with additional music and lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, and Hans Zimmer. Conceptualized and Directed by Julie Taymor, the show is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.


Directed by Julie Taymor and choreographed by Garth Fagan, the Rafiki Tour opened in Syracuse, NY in October 2017. Scenic Design is by Richard Hudson, Costume Design by Julie Taymor, Lighting Design by Donald Holder, Mask and Puppet Design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry, Sound Design by Tony Meola, Hair and Makeup Design by Michael Ward.

photo ©2019 Daniel A Swalec


July 09, 2018 - Present

Working directly for Disney Theatrical Group and Production Electrician Jimmy Maloney, and alongside former touring Head Electricians JR Sample and Meg Sump, I was given the opportunity to help streamline the production's lighting system and have re-worked various elements of the show's network, power distribution and dimming, and have laid out new methods of cabling to allow for simpler troubleshooting, faster movement and more efficient touring. Working with a team of 7 other electricians, three who advance the load in, three who travel with the production and one who stays behind to complete the load out, I am responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the Electrics Department. I was tasked with creating documents and digital methods for forecasting maintenance, advancing cities, and documenting venues visited.