Danila Korogodsky was born into a theatrical family. His father, Zinovy Korogodsky, was a Stanislavsky prize winner and one of the most important directors and theater pedagogues in the Soviet Union. His mother, Liah Danilina, was a playwright.
Korogodsky was raised and educated in the Soviet Union. He graduated from the Leningrad Theater Academy in 1977 as a stage and costume designer. After graduation he worked as a resident designer at the Leningrad TYS (Theater for Young Spectators), a premier company for young audiences in the Soviet Union.
Korogodsky also worked as a freelance designer for theaters around the country, designing more then 80 productions for companies including Baku Youth Theater, Tallinn Drama Theater, Leningrad Comedy Theater, Novy Theater in Moscow, Mossovet Theater in Moscow, Ilkhom Theater in Tashkent, as well as at Taganka Theater in Moscow with Anatoly Efros.
In 1989 he was invited to design a show at Honolulu Theater for Youth in Hawaii and has continued to be a sought after designer for productions in the United States and around the world. Since then he works in United States as a stage designer and design professor. He for Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Bielefeld (Germany), Opera Dessau (Germany), Opera Nantes (France), Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Spoleto Festival USA, NYC Japan Society, Noise Within (Los Angeles), Actors Gang (Los Angeles), Pittsburgh Playhouse, Minneapolis Children Company, ACT (San Francisco), and Wheelock Theater (Boston).
He currently serves as the head of Set Design at California State University, Long Beach, and the resident designer at California Repertory Company.
In 2005 he became an Artistic Director of Theater Pokoleniy in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he directed and designed more they 30 shows which were critically acclaimed by the Russian and International press. His production of Sophocles’ Antigone was invited to Chur Theater Festival in Switzerland in November 2007 as part of a program of the best new European Theater.
In September 2017 Theater Pokoleniy’s documentary drama about the Siege of Leningrad during World War II “67/871” was invited to perform at Theater unterm Dach in Berlin, Germany.
In 2015 for his 60th anniversary Danila had an honor of a solo exhibit at Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow, Russia.