Dan Zellner is a Skokie based playwright. Dan’s plays have been presented and produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and also in Adelaide, Australia. He has been active in the community where he has served on the board of the Chicago Alliance for Playwrights as well as an adjudicator for the Women’s Theatre Alliance. Dan is a member of the Dramatists Guild and currently serves as the co-director of the Skokie Playwrights Workshop.
Dan holds an MFA in acting from UCLA and is a graduate of The Second City, IO and Annoyance training programs. He has worked as a playwright, actor, director and producer. He is interested in traditional forms of improvisational theatre (Commedia dell’Arte and Spolin Games) and experimenting with interactive digital media. Dan organized Antonio Fava’s first visit to Chicago and has worked with Fava since organizing and participating in workshops and projects. He attended and presented at Fava’s Stage Internazionale di Commedia dell’Arte in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He curated the exhibit The Papers of Viola Spolin at Northwestern University.
Dan works at the Northwestern University Library as a Production Coordinator and subject liaison for improvisational theatre. He was the 2009 Library Kaplan Fellow: his research topic was The Future of Improv. He also serves as the advisor for the Northwestern University student commedia troupe (The Panini Players).