About THE TEAM
Founder, CEO, Lighting Designer
Al has been the Lighting Director of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 1998. Now in his 19th season with the famed dance company, he has produced the lighting for Ailey in virtually every major theater, performing arts center and opera house on the planet having toured to 48 states and over 60 countries including historically significant performances in Russia, China and South Africa.
Al has had the opportunity to work directly with many important choreographers in the dance world including Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Garth Fagan, Matthew Rushing, Ron Brown, George Faison, Mark Dendy, Trey McIntyre, Christopher Huggins, Hope Boykin, Osnel Delgado, Jeanguy Saintus and many others. He has designed 18 new works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and 12 for Ailey II. Additionally, he has been responsible for maintaining the lighting for the significant Ailey repertory designed by many of the top lighting designers in the industry.
A huge believer in cross genre design, Al founded Arc3design, a lighting design group dedicated to merging his theatrical aesthetic into all areas of art, architecture, dance, live music, theater, broadcast, and live event production. Arc3design employees a team of talented designers and technical artists that support the creation and implementation of new projects worldwide.
Arc3design creates the lighting for over 100 projects annually. Recent and current projects include architectural installations at New York Central Synagogue, new ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Haiti’s Ayikodans and Cuba's Malpaso Dance Company, multiple State Dinners for The White House, Cedar Point's multimillion dollar light show Luminosity, a variety of shows for Holland America Cruise Lines, Madison Square Garden Sports Entertainment and brand events for Spotify, Google, Samsung, Intel, Dom Perignon and Lamborghini.
Al is a guest faculty member of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was recently an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts. He also serves as a selection committee member of the Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Internship Programs at Lincoln Center. He has had the opportunity to speak to students at universities around the country, at the United States Institute for Theater Technology Conference (USITT), Live Design International (LDI) and the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas. Al was recently a keynote speaker at the Electronic Theater Controls CUE conference in Madison, WI.
Al is a member of United Scenic Artists (USA-829) and the International Alliance for Theatrical Stage Employees (Local 635). He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Senior Lighting Designer
Roya, born in Seattle, WA, is a New York based lighting designer and programmer. She has been the Associate Lighting Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 2011. In that time she has had the honor of mounting the lighting for the Ailey company all over North America as well as Russia, South Africa, Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain, and Israel.
In her time at AAADT she has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s top choreographers and designers.
Roya loves having the diversity of traditional lighting for dance with Ailey as well as non-traditional events, architecture, and concerts at Arc3design - and bridging the gap between the two. She greatly enjoys programming for anything from live music to busking a dance party.
Roya graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Lighting Design.
Greg Purnell is a video and lighting designer and programmer based in New York City. He is an artist, technologist, and creator with a passion for live performance design, interactive art, digital media, graphics, and print. He generally works on projects for theatre, dance, music, advertising, installations, architecture, and special events.
On the side, Greg is an avid photographer, enjoys puzzles, art, kayaking, rock climbing, waffles, sailing, technology, and traveling to distant worlds.
Greg holds a MFA in Digital Media & Design from the University of Connecticut as well as a BFA in Design & Technical Theatre.
Awesome things about Zak coming soon!
MANUEL DA SILVA
Manuel Da Silva was born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in South Florida where he developed a passion for theatre and the arts at a young age. Manuel attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his BFA in Lighting Design and Technology.
Now an NYC based lighting designer, Manuel has gotten the chance to work with several Off-Broadway theatre companies, including designing the world premiere of La Tía Julia y el Escribidor at El Repertorio Español. Manuel has also had the opportunity to display his work at the Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Portfolio Review and the National Design Showcase East.
Additionally, he has worked on many projects in his time here at Arc3design, spanning special events to architecture to dance. He is honored to be working with such a passionate and creative team.
When he’s not working, Manuel can most likely be found shouting at a TV watching a Miami Heat game.
Operations Manager - Lighting Designer
Jessica is a lighting designer / office associate based on the East Coast. She has had the privilege to design and assist on a variety of productions in and around the Boston and New York City areas. She has worked with The Huntington Theatre Company, Boston Lyric Opera, and Tulsa Opera to name a few. Jessica also had the honor to work on Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (National Tour) for two years (2013 & 2014).
In 2010, she received her BA in Theatre (cum laude) from The University of Tulsa. The following year, she attended KC/ACTF where she won the ‘Barbizon Award for Theatrical Excellence in Lighting Design’ (Region VI), as well as the USITT Southwest Region award for ‘Outstanding Display & Presentation’.
While in undergrad, Jessica started working for Omni Lighting as the Business Manager, as well as one of the in-house Lighting Designers. After graduation, she continued on as the Business Manager for not only the rental company, but the sales company as well. During that time, she also acted as the head of wedding design.
Two years after she received her bachelors, Jessica moved to Massachusetts to join Boston University’s MFA Lighting Design program headed by Mark Stanley. While in her final year at BU, Jessica had the opportunity to showcase her work at the Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Portfolio Review. She received her MFA in Theatrical Design in 2015.
Jessica is beyond thrilled to be a member of the insanely talented and delightfully creative Arc3design family!