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About Dan

Dan got his first taste of performing during his early childhood, being a part of children performances at his elementary school. He didn’t become truly hooked, however, until the eighth grade, when he was cast in the Palace Theatre’s teen production of Footloose – despite the fact that he fell flat on his face during the audition. Over the next few years, he became immersed in the theatre world, attempting to learn everything he could about his new found love. He was involved in four to five productions each year during high school, mostly as a member of the Palace’s Teen Companies. In 2008, he was awarded a Palace Youth Theatre Professionalism Award for his work and leadership as part of the cast of Once on This Island. He also managed two student organizations at Pinkerton Academy: FIRST Robotics Team 241, and Pinkerton Television. Both organizations recognized Dan’s hard work his senior year; Team 241 chose him as the BAE Systems Scholarship recipient, and PTV named Dan the 2009 “Videographer of the Year.”

After high school, Dan chose to pursue a B.A. in Theatre at the University of New Hampshire. During his time there, he gained a newfound respect for working behind the scenes. He always looked for ways to make himself a versatile theatre artist, taking classes in acting, directing, dance, lighting design, stage combat, and film analysis. He performed in both department productions and student-directed shows as a member of Mask and Dagger. In his senior year, he was selected for the Technical Fellowship in the Arts with the Department of Theatre and Dance, which allowed him to gain experience working in all areas of technical theatre. He was also awarded the Elizabeth Jones, Class of 1922, Scholarship, which is given to a student that shows interest and enthusiasm in creative writing. He completed a senior project in which he wrote and directed a one-act play entitled Cheap Heat, which was met with much critical praise from both his professors and his peers. Dan graduated Cum Laude in May of 2013.

Since graduating, Dan has been working as a theatre artist with organizations all across the Granite State. He has directed for The Actorsingers, Windham Actors Guild, Little Church Theater, and The Majestic Theatre. In the three-year span of working in Southern New Hampshire, he has been fortunate enough to be a three-time Best Director nominee for the New Hampshire Theatre Awards. Dan has also worked as a theatre educator, most recently serving as the Drama Specialist at Camp Wakanda of the YMCA of Greater Boston and more long-term as a professional advisor to Central High School’s drama club in Manchester, rebuilding the drama program. At Central, he successfully re-introduced musical theatre after a ten-year absence. Through his work, the drama club as seen participation double from both performers and technical students, and the quality of shows has increased in all aspects of production. Dan loves sharing his passion for the arts with people of all ages, and is immensely proud of his work with the youth of New England.

In 2014, Dan founded Cue Zero Theatre Company, a group dedicated to cultivating and showcasing new works, young directors/designers, and rising actors. Their first production, Project Zero: A Night of Original One-Acts, was a smashing success. Their second production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), set box office records at Concord’s Hatbox Theatre. The group is looking to be a major force in southern New Hampshire’s theatre scene for years to come.

In his free time, Dan enjoys reading comic books (Superman, The Flash, and Harley Quinn being his favorite characters), playing retro video games, watching professional wrestling, and writing plays. He is a big believer in giving back to the community, having accumulated over five hundred volunteer hours with organizations such as FIRST Robotics, Group Workcamps Foundation, and The Elliot Hospital. He is very proud of where he is today, and knows he couldn’t have accomplished everything without the continued love and support for his friends and family. He is very thankful for everything they have done.