F. Mitchell Dana has been awarded the Barrymore Award, the New Jersey Applaud Award, the Carbonelle Award, the Kevin Klein Award nomination and the Phoebe Award.
NEW YORK, NY, November 09, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present F. Mitchell Dana with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Dana celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
From 2006 to 2014, Mr. Dana was a professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Prior to this, he worked there as an associate professor from 2000 to 2006, an assistant professor from 1997 to 1999, and a lecturer at the Mason Gross School of Arts from 1982 to 1997. Before these appointments, he was a production manager at the Stratford Festival in Canada, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and the Mirror Repertory Theater.
At the start of his career, Mr. Dana was an assistant to Jo Mielziner in New York City from 1968 to 1969. Additionally, he was the technical director at the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, CT, from 1970 to 1971 and as an associate lighting director with Ferd Manning in New York City from 1978 to 1988. He has held numerous other roles over the years, including as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, Southern Methodist University and San Francisco State University.
As a child, Mr. Dana was always climbing trees and so his step-father asked him to use those skills to hang some lights at a theater. Afterwards, he went to the switch board and he realized that he could be doing this job better than those who were doing it. He then decided to pursue academics at Utah State University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1964. He continued his studies at Yale School of Drama and earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1967.
Now, Mr. Dana has worked in his craft on varying levels for numerous projects. On Broadway, he was the lighting designer for "Charley's Aunt" and "Freedom of the City" in 1974, "Once in a Lifetime" in 1978, "Inspector General" in 1978, "Man and Superman" in 1978, and "The Suicide" in 1980, for which he earned a Drama Logue Award. He later served as the lighting designer for Broadway shows "Mass Appeal" in 1981, "Monday after the Miracle" in 1982, "The Babe" in 1984, and "Oh Coward" in 1986.
Off-Broadway, Mr. Dana did the lighting for "Three Acts of Recognition" in 1982, "A Coupla White Chicks" in 1980, "Mass Appeal" in 1980, "Oh Coward" in 1981, and "Calling in Crazy" in 1969. Other projects included "Songs My Mother Never Sang Me" in 1982, "Husbandry" in 1984, "A Hell of a Town" in 1984, "The Ninth Step" in 1984, and "Daughters" in 1986. In 1988, he was involved with "Cold Sweat," and in 1989, he was involved with "Other People's Money." He also did lighting for "King Fish" in 1991, "Lust" in 1995, "PaPa" in 1996, "Pete 'n' Keely" in 2000, and "Rounding Third" in 2003.
Mr. Dana has designed the lighting for more than 100 operas, including the World Premiers of Harriet: The Woman Called Moses, Tamu Tamu, and Westergaard's The Tempest. Also Turandot for the Royal Opera/Covent Garden for the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles, at Covent Garden, and at Wembley Arena, and La Rondine for the NYC Opera in 1984. For the Cleveland Symphony, he did the lighting for Magic Flute in 1985, and Merry Widow in 1986. He also lit Un Ballo in Maschera in 1985, and 35 productions for the Opera Festival of New Jersey.
With the Los Angeles Opera he designed the lighting for Carmen in LA and at Seville's Expo '92, also La Traviata for Barcelona's Gran Licieu in 1992. Other productions for the LA Opera include, Makropolous Case, Midsummer's Night Dream, El Gato Montez, Madama Butterfly, Faust, Electra and Don Giovanni. He lit for the Kentucky Opera from 1999 through 2004, and the Washington National Opera in 2009, Manitoba Opera, and Opera Montreal.
Mr. Dana lit 52 productions for the American Conservatory Theatre between 1972 and 1980 including 2 tours to Hawaii and a State Department Tour to the Soviet Union. Other tours include Hello Dolly in 1981, Mass Appeal in 1982, Guys and Dolls in 1984, Jesus Christ Superstar in 1985, Stop the World in 1986, and A Dolls House which opened the Eisenhower Theatre at the Kennedy Center.
Designs in regional theatres include 12 for Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 13 for BAM Theatre Company, Caldwell Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Coconut Grove, the Folger Theatre, George Street Theatre, Geva, Goodman Theatre , Philadelphia Drama Guild, Virginal Museum Theatre, Theatre, Mark Taper Forum/Center Theatre Group , Manitoba Theatre Center, McCarter Theatre , Olney Theatre Center, ,Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Roundabout Theatre, Syracuse Stage, the Seattle Rep, and the Walnut Street Theatre. He also designed for the National Arts Center of Ottawa, the Stratford Festival of Canada and the Derby Playhouse in the UK. His work has been seen extensively for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera , Paper Mill Playhouse , St. Louis MUNY .
Though he has been involved with numerous projects, Mr. Dana is particularly proud of his contributions to the lighting of the original Broadway production of "1776". He has been a production prop man, production electrician, production stage manager, and show tent rigger. He joined United Scenic Artists USA829 in 1967, where he was a lighting trustee from 1970 to 1972 and from 1996 to 2003, and National Vice President and Benefit Funds Trustee starting in 2002.
As an accomplished professional, Mr. Dana has been awarded the Barrymore Award, the New Jersey Applaud Award, the Carbonelle Award, the Kevin Klein Award nomination and the Phoebe Award. He also received two nominations for the Jefferson Award. He has previously been featured in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Entertainment, Who's Who in the East and Who's Who in the World.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, F. Mitchell Dana has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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