As co-founder and former Producing Artistic Director of Impro Theatre, Dan has overseen the company’s growth from a successful short form improv troupe to a critically acclaimed, nationally recognized improvisational theatre company. For Impro, he is the director of Chekhov UnScripted and the co-director of Jane Austen UnScripted, Fairytales UnScripted, The Western UnScripted, Shakespeare UnScripted and Sondheim UnScripted. Collectively, these shows have been performed at The Broad Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Laguna Playhouse, North Coast Repertory, Falcon Theatre, Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse, Lewis Family Playhouse, New Vic Theatre, Odyssey Theatre, Theatre Asylum and Impro Studio, among many others.
Dan’s television directing credits include the critically acclaimed ABC hybrid sitcom Sons and Daughters and Campus Ladies for the Oxygen Network. He was a writer and the improv director for The Wayne Brady Show, and he co-created the NBC television improv comedy show World Cup Comedy, which ran for two seasons on PAX. Television acting credits include Seinfeld, VEGAS, Raising Hope, Campus Ladies, Malcolm in the Middle, The Tonight Show, The Newz, Life Game, Quick Witz, Law & Order: LA and Little Britain USA. Theatre acting credits include the Improbable Theatre’s production of Keith Johnstone’s Life Game (Off-Broadway), and he has appeared in productions with American Conservatory Theatre, A Noise Within, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Taper, Too.
Dan was an adjunct professor for USC’s BFA program, and he has taught at Duke University, Pepperdine University, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA Extension, and the MBA Program at UT Austin. He has conducted improvisation and creative workshops at Dreamworks, Disney Animation, Cirque du Soleil, and at many other corporations, theatre companies and improvisational theatre festivals around the world. He has taught at the Applied Improvisation Network World Conference at the University of Irvine and at all three of the Global Improvisation Initiative Symposiums.
Dan is also a co-founder of Los Angeles Theatresports and BATS Improv in San Francisco. He is a graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London and a member of SAG-AFTRA, DGA, AEA and WGA.
Dan has also written two books with Jeff Katzman about using improvisation as an engagement and personal growth tool:
• Life UnScripted: Using Improv Principles To Get Unstuck, Boost Confidence, Transform Your Life
• Ensemble! Using The Power Of Improv And Play To Forge Connections In A Lonely World. Click here for more info.
You can watch Dan’s TED Talk titled “Improvising a Better World” by clicking here.
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