Area of Study
BFA in Drama, Production Technology
Production Technology / Lighting Design
Class of 2023
James Gallo (he/him) is a fourth year New York-based Production Technology student focusing mainly on lighting technology at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (CMU). In addition to his studies in technology, he has completed all of the required coursework to complete a Lighting Design major, as well. In his time at CMU, he has worked on over fifteen productions spanning from design to electrician work to programming. Most recently he was the Lighting Designer for Dance Nation directed by Jasmine Roth, and will be the Eos Programmer of CMU’s mainstage musical, Godspell, in the Spring.
Beyond academic work, he has done a plethora of professional work, as well. This past summer he was a part of The Weeknd After Hours Til Dawn Global Stadium Tour as Assistant Production Coordinator working for Production Manager, Rob DeCeglio. He was responsible for day to day crew logistics. In addition to those responsibilities, he assisted lighting designer, Jason Baeri, with overnight moving light focus on the tour as a GrandMA2 programmer.
In past years, he worked as a Product Management Intern for the Production Resource Group under the supervision of Michael Dodge. Here he was responsible for research and development of the GroundControl Followspot system and Series 400 Power/Data Distribution system, as well as demoing new lighting fixtures and documenting feature sets of this equipment. He also worked as a Content Management/Video Intern working for Screens Producer, Loren Barton, on the Robin Hood fundraising dinner in 2022 where he was responsible for managing incoming media content, documenting its status in a run-of-show spreadsheet, and uploading new versions into the disguise media servers.
James is well versed in a variety of skills including Advanced Show Networking; 3D CAD and Visualization in Vectorworks, Capture, and MA3D; and Lighting Programming on Eos Consoles, Hog4 Consoles, as well as MA2 consoles. He is excited to explore opportunities in concert lighting direction/programming.