Production Manager, Dance Department
Lilian Welsh Hall 105
A.A., Harford Community College
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest
Lighting Design, Sound Design, Video and Multi-Media Production and Design
Dakshina (The Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company), Haverford College, Philadelphia, and The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, New York, NY
Deep Vision Dance Company, Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD
Diary of a M.I.L.F. (Mother I'd Love to Follow), Greenhouse Theatre, Chicago, IL
The Exonerated, Spotlight UB, Baltimore, MD
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Metropolis at Roundhouse Theatre, Silver Spring, MD
Mion has chaired the Harford County Cultural Arts Board since January 2009.
In 1983, as a young technician just starting out in the performing arts, Mion traveled with a production of Athol Fugard's A Lesson from Aloes to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Twenty years later, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mion designed Another Point of View for the Ordinary-Extraordinary Dance Theatre, a collaboration of Goucher College and Virginia Commonwealth University faculty. In between and after those notable engagements, his lighting designs have been seen in New York City at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre; in Chicago; in Philadelphia; and extensively in the Baltimore/Washington area at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Theatre Project, the UMBC Theater, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, and Spotlight UB. As part of the Goucher College Dance Department's artist-in-residence program, Mion feels privileged to have designed for other distinguished choreographers, including Susan Jaffe and Robert Hill of the American Ballet Theatre, Zippora Karz and Robert Weiss of the New York City Ballet, as well as Goucher faculty and students. Goucher College Dance is Mion's full-time gig, where, as production manager, he lights five to six concerts a year, teaches a class in lighting design, and helps to plan and facilitate the department's tours. Until 2004, Mion was also the resident lighting designer and a part-time instructor for the Dance Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he lit several concerts each year. In the last several years, he has lit numerous concerts for dance companies and studios, including Dakshina, Deep Vision, The Amy Marshall Dance Company, Troika Ranch, The Phoenix Company, ClancyWorks, Common Ground Dance Company, Doug Hamby Dance, and The Moving Company.
Despite his predilection for lighting dance, Mion has tried to keep one foot firmly planted in the theatre. After leaving the theatres at Harford Community College, where he spent 10 years as technical director building and lighting more than 100 main-stage productions, Mion moved onto the professional theatre. A former artistic associate to the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Mion provided technical direction, lighting design, and sound design for BSF from 2003 to 2009. While with BSF, Mion designed the lighting for the world premiere of the critically acclaimed original production A Dickens of a Carol. The City Paper named Dickens top holiday show of 2003 and said of the lighting, "Excellent lighting design by Todd Mion lends a hand, offering different schemes for different characters that not only distinguish but actually provide clues to each character's nature." When time permits, Mion also lights shows for Lumina Studio Theatre in Silver Spring, the Phoenix Festival, and Covered Bridge Theatres in northeastern Maryland. Recent designs include The Crucible, for which he won "Best Design of the Season," as well as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, John Lennon and Me, A Midsummer Night's Dream in Metropolis, and Hydriotaphia. Mion also provided a lighting design for To Get to the Other Side for the Baltimore Playwright's Festival, which was performed at Goucher's Mildred Dunnock Theatre.