F. Mitchell Dana


F. Mitchell Dana has lit over 600 professional productions in addition to working as a, technical director, head electrician on industrials and for television, head prop man on Broadway and on tour, stage manager on and off Broadway, production manager, and show tent rigger.    His many Broadway Lighting credits include The Suicide, Freedom of the City, Mass Appeal, Monday After the Miracle, Once in a Lifetime, Man and Superman, The Inspector General, and Oh Coward. He was also associate set and lighting designer to Jo Mielziner on the original Broadway production of 1776. Off Broadway credits include, Pete 'N' Keely, Other People's Money, Papa, Daughters, and several productions for the Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Roundabout Theatres.  Mr. Dana has designed lighting for almost 100 Operas in Spain, England, the US and Canada, including La Rondine for the NYC Opera; Turandot for the Royal Opera as part of the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, Covent Garden and Wembley Arena; The Magic Flute andThe Merry Widow for the Cleveland Symphony; Carmen conducted by Placido Domingo with Jose Carraras, Denise Graves and Teresa Berganza to open Expo’92 in Seville; La Triviatta for the Gran Liceo in Barcelona; and a dozen for the Los Angeles Opera.  He has over 200 regional theatre credits at theatres like the American Conservatory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre and Seattle Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare, MTC, Roundabout, McCarter Theatre, the BAM Theatre Company and others. He has designed lighting for over 150 musicals in venues ranging from 11,500 seats at the St. Louis Muny, to Off-Broadway.  He has worked as a consultant, and designed for industrials, ballet, opera, television, and Award shows. He is a perennial portfolio reviewer for the Gil Hemsley Internship in Lighting, USITT’s Young Designer’s Forum, the Southeast Theatre Conference, and until it’s cessation, the Ming Cho Lee Clambake. He has been nominated for Kevin Klein, and Joseph Jefferson, Awards, and won the Phoebe, Carbonelle, Drama Logue, and Barrymore Awards. He is the National Vice President of United Scenic Artists 829, and a trustee to it’s Pension and Welfare Funds. He is listed Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the Theater, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Entertainment and several other biographical listings.   He received his B.F.A from Utah State University, and his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama

  • Expertise

    Lighting design