About Me

With his very sharp and creative vision, Gary has a passion for painting with light. He enjoys the collaboration process with his colleagues on all ends of the personnel spectrum immensely. Whether it's conversing about how to tell a story or drafting the detailed plots for the technical staff to implement designs, Gary is excited about every aspect of the process from start to finish. He has a unique skill set that allows him to be both creatively and logistically minded which aligns with his mission to collaborate with artists on challenging projects of varying scales.

Gary is a freelancer and travels regularly fulfilling all of the roles that fall beneath what he refers to as the lighting umbrella. He has an interest in lighting for many different disciplines including theater, musical theater, opera, dance, special events and has toured in the US, Mexico, Canada, Europe, South Africa and China. With his extensive background and working knowledge in performing arts settings, Gary also frequently takes on other roles beyond the scope of lighting. He collaborates with various organizations as an AV Technical Producer, Production Manager and Show Caller/Stage Manager. Also it's worth noting that he brings a lot of smiles and fun to the workplace!

 

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Gary has previously resided in Brooklyn, NY and Houston, TX and now calls Washington D.C. home. In his free time, he enjoys photography, urban exploration, riding roller coasters, visiting MLB stadiums, traveling, cruising the great seas and craft beer.

Lighting Design

 Lighting Supervision & Direction 

AV Technical Production

Associate & Assistant Design

Production & Tour Management

Skills & Education

 
Lighting Design

Grand Opening Gala | Corporate Event | 2019

International Spy Museum of Washington D.C. | Show Call, Inc.

PeopleNOW! | Time, Inc. Studios | TV/Studio | 2017

Toyota Concert Series feat. Daya; feat Laura Marano

Rice University | Shepherd School of Music | Opera

La Calisto | 2018; Little Women | 2017

Play It Again, Marvin! | Symphonic Pops | 2017, 2015, 2014

Kalamazoo, Chicago, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras

Here To Stay: The Gershwin Experience | Symphonic Pops | 2011-2016

Phoenix, Wichita, Arkansas, Chattanooga, Pittsburgh, Des Moines, Sacramento, North Carolina, Edmonton, Omaha, Canton, Pacific, Syracuse, Florida, Oregon, Colorado, Milwaukee, Minnesota Symphony Orchestras; Naples, Long Island, Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonics; Savannah, Vancouver Music Festivals

An Evening with Audra McDonald | Symphonic Pops

Des Moines Symphony Orchestra | 2015

Roosevelt University | Chicago Conservatory of Music | Opera

Il Viaggio a Reims | 2014; Amelia: An Opera in Two Acts | 2013;

Magic Flute | 2012

Circle Theater | Musical Theater & Plays | 2010-2013

Dearly Departed, Reefer Madness, When The Rain Stops Falling, The Baker's Wife, Urinetown, A Little Night Music, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Wedding Singer

Porchlight Music Theater | Musical Theater | 2010-2011

Once On This Island, Miracle on 34th Street, Macabaret

Texas Repertory Theater | Musical Theater & Plays | 2006-2010

Little Shop of Horrors; A Flea In Her Ear; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; You Can't Take It WIth You; A Christmas Story (Play)

 
Associate & Assistant Lighting Design

A Christmas Story: The Musical | National Tour | Musical | 2018-2019

LD: Charlie Morrison

Evita | International Tour | Musical | 2017, 2019

South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China

LD: Richard Winkler

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna | Co-Production/Rental | Opera | 2018-2019

Houston Grand Opera | New York City Opera | El Paso Opera

LD: Brian Nason

Richard The Third | Regional Production | Play | 2019

Shakespeare Theatre Company | Washington D.C.

LD: Lap Chi Chu

Theater Under The Stars | Regional Production | Musical Theater | 2007-2016

Hobby Center for Performing Arts | Houston, TX

How To Succeed in Business Without Ever Really Trying; In The Heights; Million Dollar Quartet; Mary Poppins; A Christmas Story: The Musical; Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Elf: The Musical; A Chorus Line; Spamalot; Camelot; Tommy Tune Awards Show; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

LD: Richard Winkler; Steven Young; Don Holder

Manhattan School of Music | Opera

La Cenerentola | 2018; The Magic Flute | 2015

LD: Julie Duro

Disney's The Little Mermaid | National Tour | Musical | 2016

5th Avenue Theater | Seattle, WA

LD: Charlie Morrison

 
Lighting Supervision & Direction

Cellular Songs | Performance Art | 2018, 2019

National Museum of American Indian | Washington D.C.

Walker Arts Center | Minneapolis, MN

LD: Joe Levasseur

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna | Co-Production/Rental | Opera | 2018-2019

Houston Grand Opera | New York City Opera | El Paso Opera

LD: Brian Nason

Resident Assistant Lighting Director | New York City Ballet | 2014-2015

New York, NY

Lighting Supervisor & Lighting Associate | Houston Grand Opera | 2005-2008

Houston, TX

 
Production & Tour Management

Ballets With A Twist | Cocktail Hour: The Show | Touring Dance | 2016-present

United States

Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Touring Dance | 2016-2017

United States, Canada & France

Jessica Lang Dance | Touring Dance | 2016

United States & Mexico

Here To Stay: The Gershwin Experience | Symphonic Pops | 2011-2016

United States & Canada

 
AV Technical Production

Sound Production & Lighting, Inc. | 2010-present

Designer, Technician, Draftsman

Agency EA | Google Cloud Retail Day | 2019

Toronto, ON

Agency EA | Google Cloud Onboard Fundamentals | 2019

Boston, San Diego, Miami, Atlanta

Agency EA | Google Cloud Onboard Machine Learning | 2019

New York City, Seattle

Agency EA | Hilton Supply Management Charity Gala | 2018

Union Station East Hall, Washington D.C.

 
Skills & Education

Lighting Programmer | ETC Eos Console Line

Software | Vectorworks Spotlight 2019; Lightwright 6; Office Suite; QLab

Systems Technician | Understanding of DMX signal flow & system layout; AV network cable termination; Moving Light Troubleshooting; Shop Order & Rig Paperwork

Production Experience | Followspot Operator, Assistant Electrician

Education | Illinois State University | Theater Design & Production

 

© 2019 Gary C. Echelmeyer