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Dan O’Connor

Impro Theatre
Producing Artistic Director
US
Dan O’Connor (USA) is co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Impro Theatre as well as a co-founder of Los Angeles Theatresports and BATS Improv in San Francisco. He is an actor, writer, director, producer and improviser. For Impro Theatre he is the co-director for Jane Austen UnScripted, Fairytales UnScripted, The Western UnScripted, Shakespeare UnScripted, Impro Theatre’s 1966 Holiday Variety Extravaganza and he is the Director for Chekhov UnScripted. Impro Theatre’s shows have been produced at Impro Studio, The Broad Stage, Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse, North Coast Rep., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lewis Family Playhouse, The Falcon Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, The Odyssey Theatre, and Theatre Asylum. Dan’s television directing credits include the critically acclaimed ABC hybrid sit-com Sons and Daughters and Campus Ladies for the Oxygen Network. He was a writer and the improv director for The Wayne Brady Show. He co-created the NBC television improv show World Cup Comedy on PAX. TV acting credits include Seinfeld, VEGAS, Raising Hope, Campus Ladies, Malcolm In the Middle, The Tonight Show, The Newz, Life Game, Quick Witz, Law and Order LA, Little Britain USA and the Middle. Theatre credits include Improbable theatre’s production of Keith Johnstone’s Life Game (Off-Broadway); work with the American Conservatory Theatre, A Noise Within, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the Taper Too. Dan has been a guest director and instructor at improv festivals around the globe. He has taught at UCSB, DUKE, USC, and the UT’s McCoombs School of Business. He has coached six Cirque du Soleil casts. Dan’s training includes the American Conservatory Theater and extensive work with Keith Johnstone (author of Impro). He is a graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His book Life UnScripted was just published by North Atlantic Books. Dan lives in Highland Park with his wife Edi Patterson and their cat Veruca (www.danoconnor.net).