David Totaro

Associate Lighting / Lighting Programmer

David Totaro

Originally from Australia, David moved to the UK in 1993 to study Theatre Lighting at Westminster University in London. He is a professional member of the Association of Lighting Designers and his website can be found at

As a Lighting Designer: Faust and La Cenerentola (Britten Theatre, London);  An Evening with Sir Tim Rice, (Seabourn fleet);  Grease (Silja Serenade); Red Hot and Blue and Amour (Seabourn Quest); My Fair Lady, Chicago and Quickstep - the Dance Musical. David has also designed the lighting for a variety of other shows on both Seabourn and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

As an Associate Lighting Designer: Sister Act (Spanish national tour); Water Babies (Curve, Leicester); From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre, London) I Due Foscari (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Spain);  Vampirette (Manchester Opera House);  Being Shakespeare (London, New York and Chicago);  Una cosa rara – Teatro Calderón, Valladolid, Spain);  Il trovatore (Bilbao Opera and Las Palmas Opera, Spain); La corte de Faraón (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Spain); Never Forget (Savoy Theatre, London); and Don Pasquale (Théâtre de Caen – France).

David’s background in the lighting industry includes extensive work as a lighting programmer; some of the highlights include: Motown, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon and Hairspray in London; the UK tours of Jersey Boys, The Band, Miss Saigon, We Will Rock You and Legally Blonde.  Disney’s Aida in Seoul, Korea; Sister Act in Paris, Stuttgart, Vienna and Milan; Beauty & the Beast in Buenos Aires; Elisabeth and Miss Saigon in Japan; The Phantom of the Opera in Paris, Stockholm and Moscow; and Carmen in Zurich, Hamburg and Shanghai. 

Working with cinematographer Dion Beebe, David also programmed the theatrical lighting for Nine, a musical film directed by Rob Marshall, and Mary Poppins Returns, also directed by Rob Marshall, and due for cinema release in December 2018.