Hailing from Toronto, ON, Dan is a director, playwright, and producer who has worked in theatres around Canada, the US, and on London’s West End. Most recently, Dan held the role of artistic director at Olive Branch Theatre, a professional company dedicated to providing opportunities for new-generation artists in the GTA. There, he staged some of his original work, including his award-winning drama "Train for Two" (based on his family’s true story in the Holocaust). The show went on to be performed in venues all around the GTA as well as on tour to the United States. During his time at the helm of Olive Branch, he staged a variety of critically acclaimed musicals and themed cabarets. Dan curates, produces, and directs shows that are praised as "valiant" and "complex".
Born and raised in Israel to Ukrainian-Jewish parents, Dan has frequently gravitated towards stories about Jewish life, particularly in the Soviet era. As a playwright and lyricist, he is currently developing several projects that he hopes to share on the stage or the screen in the near future. Dan is a graduate of the University of Toronto, holding an MA in Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies and an Honours Bachelor in theatre and international relations. His extra-theatrical passions include travelling, studying history, and spending time with his bunny, Bambi, and kitten, Smoosh!