Midwest raised, Big Apple tested, & Audience approved
Dana is a happily-New York-based performer who has been seen in New York City at the famed 54 Below supper club, Dramatists Guild, Ars Nova, The Dixon Place, New Dramatists, the NYFringe Festival, NYMF New York Musical Theatre Festival, Apollo Theatre with George Faison’s If This Hat Could Talk national tour with Margaret Bell, FDCAC/Classical Theatre of Harlem in several of their outdoor performances in Brooklyn Fort Greene Park, University Club to honor Gershwin’s music, the Studio @ Theatre Row, Workshop Theatre, & the Laurie Beechman in Times Square, and also as part of Tyrone’s R&B album debut concert at Riverbank Performing Arts Center.
An ardent proponent for the creation of new musical theatre, Dana has worked for the past 10 (!!!) years with NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, workshopping and presenting new-musical final full-length thesis projects with the next generation of writers. Writers from this program have hired Dana to continue development of their projects at New Dramatists, Ars Nova, Drama League Fellowship, NY Theatre Barn, Musical Theatre Factory, and The Dramatists Guild, and for countless demos and recordings.
Regionally, Dana has worked professionally for regional theatres along the Eastern seaboard, and around her hometown of Cleveland, OH. Dana has entertained as singer internationally with Norwegian Cruise lines through the Caribbean, has performed in 7 repertory shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in two professional variety shows in Thailand.
Favorite roles: Mother in Ragtime, Judy/Ginger in Ruthless!, Amelia Earhart in a new musical by Rachel Dean, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, and Blanche DuBois in Streetcar Named Desire. Syracuse University, BFA Musical Theatre. Dorothy Haas Acting Scholarship, Walnut Street Theatre. 2003 NATS Regional Winner, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Member of AEA since 2007. Love forever to the Aber Clan and fans of the Thunder Dome.
Also a producer, Dana’s company Big Thunder Productions has created and launched 8 concerts since its inception in August of 2014: headlined by Broadway stars and hosted by Dana herself, each concert showcased more than 50 composers and singers, to bring maximum exposure to both the new works of musical theatre and the performers. After the success of her bi-coastal #YesAllWomen gender-parity concert, Dana and the Big Thunder writing family are currently in development of a duo-concert to debut new work of an emerging composer lyricist, and a solo show to uncover and explore past wounds.
Learn more at BigThunderNYC.com and on YouTube.