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Dan Cooley, Producing Director

Dan Cooley is a director and actor based out of New Jersey. A graduate of The Actors Playground School of Theatre; Dan has studied various forms of acting technique and directing extensively with Ralph Colombino and Joey Madia. The majority of Dan’s work has come in the form of social issue theater. For 6 years, he served as the Asst. Artistic Director of New Mystics Theatre Company North; responsible for directing and touring all shows. Subject matter for these shows ranged from drug abuse and domestic violence to civil rights. Dan was also the Co-Director of the premiere touring cast of Bang Bang You’re Dead, a piece that tackled the sensitive topics of school shootings and suicide. Theses shows have reached hundreds of schools and thousands of children. Notable performances include: the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, the Stop Gun Violence Now theater festival in New York, the Monmouth County School Counselor Association’s Good Ideas Conference at Georgian Court College, and Monmouth University.

Dan teaches acting and directing at Actors Playground School of Theatre in Freehold, NJ. He is also a teaching artist at the Algonquin theater, and Arts Middle School of Monmouth County.