David is a skilled lighting designer with extensive experience on a wide variety of projects including business meetings, display booths, press events, concerts and parties for a panoply of corporate clients across many industries including Canon, IBM, Dell, General Motors, Ford, Mazda, Mercedes, John Deere, Kawasaki, Otsuka, Forest Pharmaceuticals, AstraZenica, Novo Nordisk and ESPN. David brings a mature design eye honed from years of experience on corporate events and professional theater. He prides himself on his emphasis on collaboration and “telling the story.” David Rees is also skilled lighting programmer. He often programs his own designs and willingly lends those talents to UVLD projects when needed.
David began his formal lighting training as a major in theater at Oberlin College. In addition to his design and production studies, he spent summers working with Shakespeare & Co. of Lenox, MA and The Santa Fe Opera Company. After college, he worked on a number of prestigious productions on his way to Broadway.
These credits include serving as lighting director of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as production electrician on Oba Oba, 42nd Street, and the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Hair. David has worked in the lighting department on numerous Broadway productions and tours including Bring in Da Noise/Bring in Da Funk, Jelly’s Last Jam, Victor/Victoria, Miss Saigon, Annie Get Your Gun, and Jekyll & Hyde.
In addition to his lighting design talents, David has extensive experience in project management. As the acting lighting and rigging project manager for Chrysler at the Detroit, Chicago, and New York Auto Shows for five years running, the requirements of this position, including developing and managing multi-million-dollar budgets, have given him a comprehensive view of all aspects of production. These skills, combined with his mature design eye, make him an invaluable asset to the UVLD team.
David and his family live in North Ogden, Utah, enjoying all of the activities the mountains have to offer. When not lighting shows for his corporate clients, David enjoys lighting productions for theater companies in the Salt Lake City area.