Before I was a designer, I was a writer. In high school, I would write the feeling of freedom on a chilly morning; write to give space to things unsaid in a small town. It wasn’t until college that I began to understand the narratives we are told and play out – or come up against. Queer theory gave me perspective, and an alternative to the dominant narrative. Writing had been an individual defiance in an isolated space; theater became a community, one in which the narrative is never taken for granted. I make theater to craft stories in an environment where, always, there is no absolute.
Dallas Estes is a Brooklyn-based lighting designer. Design credits: 59E59, The Performing Garage, Access Theater, The Gamm Theater, and site-specific works in New York and Brooklyn. Assistant scenic and lighting credits: the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Public Theater, Opera Philadelphia, Theatre for a New Audience, and Trinity Repertory Co. Dallas has a BA from Brown University in Theater Arts and Performance Studies, and an MFA from NYU Tisch Design for Stage and Film.