Director of Production
Joined Ballet Arizona: 2008
Ballet Arizona’s Director of Production for over 14 years, Michael Panvini dropped-out of college and moved to the “Big Apple” in 1983 to begin his career as a freelance electrician/lighting technician, working on over 100 Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions from the age of 20 years old.
Rising quickly through the ranks of Off-Broadway and graduating to national tours, he was Head Electrician for touring Broadway musicals (A Chorus Line, Singin’ in the Rain) and The Magic of David Copperfield, until moving into the world of ballet as Lighting Supervisor for Dance Theatre of Harlem, followed by Joffrey Ballet. In 1993, Michael began a 15-year tenure with Columbia Artists Management, Inc. as a tour Production Manager, touring North America with dozens of ballet, folk dance, and opera companies from around the world until joining Ballet Arizona in January 2008.