Danny Cistone has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As a performer, director and designer, he has worked with some of the most illustrious names of stage and screen, on big budgets and no budgets.
An East Coast native, Danny’s early experience as an actor and subsequent director paved the way for his work as a notable, in-demand designer. He is a Broadway veteran with over ten years of experience performing and touring with such productions as Gypsy, Grease!, and Lost in Yonkers. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he continued to work steadily in film and television as an actor (Deuces Wild, General Hospital, Malcolm in the Middle, etc), while also working behind the scenes on over 100 productions. He moved easily between departments, learning the fundamentals of filmmaking and developing his own aesthetic and innovative ways of storytelling. Inspired, he co-created, directed and designed the Off-Broadway Hip-Hop sensation Groovaloo, and directed two feature films, Monster Heroes and West of Brooklyn.
Danny’s experience in nearly all aspects of filmmaking, and his ability to communicate across departments, enables him to design with flexibility, mindfulness, and a passion for creating a world that is not just a backdrop, but a character in and of itself. He has embraced the challenges of shooting an entire season on location with limited budgets and time (Final Witness - ABC/ Disney, School Spirits - SyFy). His flashy, exuberant designs have been seen on giant stadium screens (Katy Perry’s Candifornia Tour, The Eagles’ History of the Eagles Tour and Pink’s European Tour). He has artfully executed the vision of the first SAG deaf director for a feature film (No Ordinary Hero) and his stage sets have won numerous accolades (multiple Ovation and LA Drama Critics Circle nominations).
Danny’s consistent delivery of something remarkable from nearly nothing, his ability to budget, design, build and prioritize, all while bringing a collective vision to life, make him a go-to choice for production companies of all shapes and sizes.