Director of Production
Dan Ionazzi is the director of production for the Department of Theater at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He is also the production manager of the Geffen Playhouse where he has mounted more than 130 productions in the company’s 20-year history. He teaches in the areas of production, design and technology and is the author of The Stage Management Handbook and The Stagecraft Handbook.
Ionazzi has designed for Steppenwolf Theater Company, Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep, the Denver Center Theater Company, South Coast Rep, the New Group, Geffen Playhouse, L.A. Theater Works, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the Getty Center, and for the dance company Diavolo. Current projects include the lighting design for the Geffen Playhouse production of Outside Mullingar and scenic and lighting design for Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing) with Rainn Wilson. His design work can also be seen in the 4-D cinematic experience Beyond All Boundaries, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Before joining the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Ionazzi held management positions with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Santa Fe Musical Theater Festival, and the Juilliard School in New York City.