May 06, 2018

Dylan Phillips

  • Lighting Designer
  • Los Angeles
Officer / coordinator level Museums Libraries and Historical Sites Performing Arts Think Tank

Personal Summary

Dylan Phillips is a lighting designer; his work ranges across multiple mediums and platforms. His work seeks the connective tissue between physical action and the space around it; where the medium of light is contingent on its inhabitants.

From theater, dance, corporate experience, devised performance in a parking lot, pop-up galleries in vacant warehouses, a dumpster installation series through and about Atlanta, performance installation on a rooftop overlooking skid row, and dance performance in a sixteen-foot box truck.

Recent works include Entity Dance’s Peel, presented at LATC, The End The End The End, presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Brief Chronicle: Book 6-8 at Son of Semele. Before coming to CalArts for his MFA, Dylan worked as Resident Lighting Designer at the Goat Farm Art Center developing lighting for installation artists, large gallery spaces, and concerts including Mac Demarco, Black Lips, and Yip Deceiver.

Work Experience

Assistant Lighting Designer
Aug 2015 - Apr 2018 Vortex Lighting

Assist designer Anne Militello, IALD. Complete design packets including draftings, instrument schedules, channel hook- ups, and photometric reports for large scale live events and performance.

Notable projects include:

Made LA. Assist in designing premiere of spring collections for Moschino and Golf Wang at LA Live’s Event Deck.

House is Black. Assist in draftingto tour for a Multimedia performance at Metropolitan Museum of Art (MetLiveArts).

Resident Lighting Designer
Jan 2012 - Jul 2015 Goat Farm Arts Center

Design lighting for a variety of events including concerts, galleries, performance, installation, and property wide events.

Notable projects include.

d_mpsters. design the lighting for a curated series of dumpster installations for city-wide exhibition Elevate ATL

Hambidge Art Auction. design lighting for 12-acre annual art auction of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and installation work.

Field Experiment. collaborate with artists on lighting and development of transformative installations.

Gallery Lighting Designer
Mar 2015 - May 2018 Burnaway (magazine)

Design temporary lighting and electrical system consisting of track lighting, theatrical fixtures, and specialty luminaires for Art Crush 2015, a pop-up gallery/auction in a vacant warehouse.

Lighting Intern
Apr 2012 - Aug 2012 Center for Puppetry Arts

Assist in the preparation and installation of all staged productions. Maintain all documentation and drafting of the museum lighting system and assist in the installation and focus for new exhibits.

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 - May 2018 California Institute of the Arts

class: conversations in contemporary theater.

Lead student group discussions on performance theory. Grade and provide feedback on student assignments. Maintain course spreadsheet and website.


MFA - Lighting Design
Aug 2015 - May 2018 California Institute of the Arts
Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies
Jun 2009 - May 2015 Georgia State University