Dan is currently a resident playwright at The 3 Brothers Theatre in Waukegan. His plays have been presented and produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in Adelaide (Australia).

He has been active in the Chicago theatre community serving on the board of the Chicago Alliance for Playwrights as well as an adjudicator for the Women’s Theatre Alliance. He currently serves as the co-director of the Skokie Playwrights’ Workshop.

Dan holds an BFA in acting from Tulane University and MFA in acting from UCLA. He is a graduate of the Second City, iO and Annoyance training programs.

He is interested in traditional forms of improvisational theatre (Commedia dell’Arte and Spolin Theater 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 projects and workshops. He attended and presented at Antonio Fava’s Scuola Internazionale dell’Attore Comico in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He is currently translating Fava’s book, The Life, Death and Resurrection of Pulcinella.

Dan curated the exhibit “The Papers of Viola Spolin” and serves as the subject liaison for improvisational theater at the Northwestern University Library. He was the 2009 Library Kaplan Institute Fellow: his research topic was the future of improv. He also serves as the advisor to the Northwestern University student commedia troupe – The Panini Players.

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