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Bryan Ealey

Second-year MFA Lighting Design Student

Bryan Ealey
  • 9500 Gilman Dr
    Mail Code: 0344
    La Jolla , California 92093


Bryan Ealey is a second-year MFA Lighting Design student. He was born and raised in Houston, TX and holds a BA in Drama from Prairie View A&M University. Following undergrad, he went on to work at local Houston theatre’s as an audio and lighting technician and has toured across the country in large concert venues such as The Fox Theatre (Detroit) and Madison Square Garden (New York) as an Audio Assistant with International R&B Artist, Teena Marie - all while being an Audio Engineer and Lighting Designer at House of Blues - Houston and Lighting Director for River Pointe Church in Richmond, Texas. In the 13-year span of his professional career, he has also worked as the AVL Supervisor and Associate Production Coordinator at Stages Theatre (Houston) until his arrival at Sam Houston State University - Dance Dept. (2015 - 2020) as their Dance Technical Coordinator / Director. Along his career, he has been fortunate enough to design for several theatres and dance companies such as: Main Street, 4th Wall, Stages, The Landing Theatre Company, Houston Grand Opera, Unity Theatre, Horse Head Theatre, Classical Theatre Company, NobleMotion Dance, Open Dance Project, Social Movement Contemporary Dance, Houston Contemporary Dance, Urban Souls Dance, and Von Ussar Danceworks (New York Dance Festival) at the Alvin Ailey Theater. Bryan’s passion for lighting design is rooted in the fundamental ability to shape the stage in a frame that supports, gives focus, and elevates the performance. As technical and visual artists, we are here to service the story being told, whether it’s being presented through theatre, dance, or music.

UCSD Credits

New Directions Dance '21 (LD)

Uncle Vanya (LD)

Heap (ALD)


BA in Drama from Prairie View A&M University