Dan hails from Amherst, Virginia where he began working backstage during high school. He started to specialize in lighting design while attending Mary Washington College where he received his BA in Theatre in 2001. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his MFA and designed "The Physicists" for which he won the 2003 Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival award for best lighting design. After graduating in 2003, he taught at UW-Madison as a guest lecturer in lighting design. He moved to New York City after being accepted as the 2005 Gilbert Hemsley intern, where he worked at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. From 2007-2012, he continued to work for these institutions as the Assistant Lighting Designer for NYC Opera. As a freelance designer, he has worked for Williams Street Rep, MTWorks, BOO-Arts Productions, The Cell, On the Square, Madison Rep, Madison Family Theatre, The Flea, AMDA, Manhattan Children’s Theatre, Flamenco Vivo and Miki Liszt Dance Co, and Endstation Theatre Company. He has been a guest artist at Arizona State University, Daytona State College, Ramaz, Connecticut College, Northeastern Illinois University and Lock Haven University. He is a member of United Scenic Artists 829. Most recently, he worked as a project manager for RGB Lights in Chicago.