Danny Kelly

Theater Production Specialist
Audio & Projections

Office Location

Theater Dance West, Room 1613A


Danny was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia and fell in love with the dramatic arts at a young age. Originally planning to study performance, he found his true passion studying lighting and sound in the technical theatre program at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and was eventually hired as the technical supervisor of their Experimental Studio Theater. Graduating in 2020 into an industry on pause due to COVID was difficult, but he is grateful to have found his place here as part of the UCSB team and can not wait to help mentor the young artists destined to rebuild that industry better than ever. 


Supervisor for the technical areas of lighting and sound for the department, including theaters, studios, rehearsal rooms, and classrooms. Responsible for implementation and execution of designs, hanging and rigging, focusing, and set-up of sound systems for all departmental productions and special events. Maintains all lighting and sound equipment. Prices and purchases needed lighting and sound supplies within an established budget. Supervises limited hire and student employees. Teaches, supervises, and evaluates student labs in which students get practical experience with all technical aspects of theatrical lighting and sound. Trains and supervises student light and sound run crew members for departmental productions.