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F. Mitchell Dana

Biography

American lighting designer F. Mitchell Dana designed the lighting for Andrei Serban's production of Turandot (1984), first performed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and two months later at The Royal Opera.

Dana studied at Utah State University and the Yale School of Drama. He started his professional design career as assistant to set and lighting designer Jo Mielziner, working on the Broadway production of 1776. He has since designed for over 600 opera, musical and theatre productions, working with directors such as Jonathan Miller, Frank Dunlop and Bill Ball. His favorite productions include The Suicide with Derek Jacoby. He lit Cyrano de Bergerac for San Francisco’s A.C.T., directed by Bill Ball and starring Peter Donat, in the first production filmed for Theatre in America. Dana's 54 further productions for A.C.T. included a three-city tour of the USSR. His Broadway productions include Man and Superman with Philip Bosco and Once in a Lifetime with John Lithgow. He has lit 200 productions in the US regional theatre system and over 90 for US regional opera companies. His opera work includes La Rondine (New York City Opera), Carmen (Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville, conducted by Domingo), La Traviata (Liceu, Barcelona) and several productions for Los Angeles Opera.

Dana has been nominated for the Kevin Kline and Joseph Jefferson awards, and has won Phoebe, Carbonell, Drama-Logue and Barrymore awards. He is National Vice President of United Scenic Artists 829, and on the faculty member of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Jersey.