An Alum of the Children's Theatre Company and New York University/Theatre Program, and The Brave New Workshop Resident Company, Dane Stauffer is an actor/singer/director/playwright and educator, fond of using Improvisation and Storytelling as a means of teaching empowerment through the arts to children and adults in all settings. As a performers he recently played Scrooge in Dolly Parton's Smokey Mountain Christmas Carol at the Ordway, and Roger Caldwell in the IVEY award winning musical Glensheen, and his Park Square debut in the one-man tour-de-force, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. He has toured Ireland in Triple Espressor, in which he also toured around the country, for a decade in San Diego. He also garnered "Best Actor in a Comedy," LA Stage Scene for All in the Timing and Broadway World for Glensheen. This year he's directed Beauty and the Beast and A Charlie Brown Christmas, now playing at Steppingstone Theatre for Youth.
He's contributed humor regularly to KSJN/Public Radio's The Morning Show, and was a Core Member of the Playwrights' Center where he received a Jerome Fellowship and a Dayton/Hudson Travel Study Grant. Plays of his produced in the Twin Cities are Letters from Hell, Honeymoon, and his one-man shows Duesenberg '55, Playground Battlescars and other jive, at prestigious venues such as the Lab, the Jungle Theater, Illusion Theatre.
He's been featured with his original material on KTCA/PBS "Technical Difficulties" and the Emmy award winning "American Scream: Dudley Riggs' first 30 years."
Several Children's plays have been produced by Steppingstone Theatre for Youth as well. Recent One Grain of Rice, The Magic Pot, Stone Soup Feeds the World, Tasty Baby Belly Buttons, and The Queen Who Wouldn't Bake Gingerbread.
With frequent collaborator Beth Gilleland he wrote and performed the two-hander Shedding Light...all over your good black skirt, which toured from Tampa, Florida to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they received a Critics Pick from "Three Weeks" and a prized spot on the BBC's broadcast "The Pick of the Fringe."
He recently directed A View Unassisted in the Fritz Blitz Festival of New Plays in San Diego, CA, which the SD Union-Tribune called "the most rewarding marriage of script, performers, and director."
He's improvised extensivley most recently on the Inaugural season of the Disney Magic cruise line, and wherever/whenever he can.
For more info, visit his website at www.danestauffer.com