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Tony Fanning


Tony Fanning studied stage design at UNC School of the Arts and Yale School of Drama. He designed the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, directed by Lloyd Richards. His other stage works include the national tour of The Who’s Tommy, directed by Victoria Bussert; and productions at some of the country’s most prestigious theaters and opera companies, including The Guthrie, South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, San Diego Opera, The Goodman Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre Virginia Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Geffen Playhouse.

As an art director for feature film and television, Fanning shared an Emmy Award and an Art Directors Guild Award for the pilot episode of NBC’s The West Wing. He has had the privilege of collaborating with such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg on Munich, War of the Worlds and Amsted; Sam Raimi on Spider-Man; Steven Soderbergh on Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen; Joel and Ethan Coen on Intolerable Cruelty; Nancy Meyers on What Women Want; Robert Zemeckis on The Polar Express and What Lies Beneath; and with Brad Silberling on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, for which he again shared an Art Directors Guild Award.

As a production designer for feature films, his credits include Andrew Fleming’s Nancy Drew, Hamlet 2 and Ideal Home; Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg’s Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay; Jim Sheridan’s Brothers; Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs; Jim Field Smith’s Butter; Miguel Arteta’s Youth in Revolt; Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband; and Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.

As a production designer for television, Fanning worked on Chris Carter’s Amazon Studios film The After; with Brad Silberling on the pilot of No Tomorrow for The CW; and Terry Zwigoff on the pilot of Budding Prospects for Amazon Studios. He designed both the NBC series The New Normal and AMC’s Better Call Saul, for which he was again an Art Directors Guild Award nominee.


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Neil Peter Jampolis

Distinguished Professor

Neil Peter Jampolis

Neil Peter Jampolis is a lighting, scenic and costume designer and stage director for theater, opera and dance.

His more than three dozen Broadway productions include his Tony Award-winning lighting for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Sherlock Holmes, Lily Tomlin’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life (Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award-winner) and many long-running plays. He has been Tony Award-nominated four times.

Off-Broadway and around the world, he designed scenery and lighting for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Forever Plaid; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and more than 30 others.

Jampolis has served as principal designer for Pilobolus Dance Theatre since 1976, and has created works for many major companies, including the San Francisco, Canadian National and French National (Nancy) Ballets.

His opera productions, including those he has directed, have been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Salzburg Festival, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera and La Scala.


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Jonathan Deans

About Jonathan DeansOne of the most sought-after sound designers in musical theater, Jonathan Deans was a child actor in England and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company at age 15. After a spell as a sound engineer in the music industry, where he brushed shoulders with Cat Stevens, Paul Simon and Rick Wakeman, he returned to the theater to mix the sound for the West End production of “A Chorus Line.” One success soon followed another and he became the sound operator for many productions, including “Evita,” “Cats,” “Les Misérables,” “Mutiny,” “Jean Seberg” and, on Broadway, “Ragtime,” “Fosse,” “King David,” “Damn Yankees,” “Lestat,” “Pirate Queen” and “Young Frankenstein.” He has also designed sound for 10 shows by Cirque du Soleil: “Saltimbanco,” “O,” “Mystère,” “La Nouba,” “ZUMANITY,” “KÀ,” “Corteo,” “LOVE,” “KOOZA” and “Wintuk.”



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Jacqueline Wazir

About Jose Luis ValenzuelaJacqueline’s passion for drawing fashion figures began at a very young age. Although she didn’t have any formal training until she was 17, she continuously drew from fashion magazines and traced comic book characters for fun. She was accepted at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and graduated with her BFA in Illustration, focusing in Fashion Illustration.

After graduation, Jacqueline was lucky to have met some buyers & designers who hired her to work on their mens’ publications, and traveled to Europe to cover the Pret A Porter fashion shows. In the mid-80’s, she worked overseas in Dubai and Beirut in advertising, doing storyboards, before returning to Los Angeles. It was a wonderful experience to learn about the Arab market and how commercials were filmed in London, then marketed in the Middle East.

Jacqueline joined the Costume Designers Guild in 1995, as many friends who worked in the film & TV industry recommended she sketch for designers who didn’t draw. She has worked on numerous movies, television shows and commercials. Currently, she is the Assistant Costume Designer on “Desperate Housewives”, which is in its last season.

In addition to working in the Entertainment Industry, she enjoys teaching and mentoring young artists and has taught at FIDM in downtown Los Angeles and at UCLA in the Theater Department for ten years, instructing design majors in Life Drawing as well as Costume Rendering. Jacqueline continues to freelance in Los Angeles and attends workshops in her spare time. Her passion will always be drawing people, dressed or undressed!


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Daniel Ionazzi

Director of Production

About DeanDan 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.

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