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Daniel Irvine

Danny Irvine Daniel began his professionall theater career in 1974 when he was hired to work in the office for Circle Repertory Theater Company in New York. Two years later he was made a resident director and a member of the Company. As director of the LAB Daniel worked with many actors, directors, and playwrights creating classes and workshops and a performance space for the Company as well as LAB participants. The LAB was a place to grow artistically and was free of any commercial pressure. At Circle Rep, Daniel created the popular Late Show series which premiered original one-act plays following the mainstage productions and gave young directors like himself a chance to work professionally.

Daniel received a N.E.A. Directing Fellowship in 1981 and was invited to the former Soviet Union in 1985 as a distinguished theater artist. He moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and while working at the Ahmanson Theater with Marshall W. Mason was approached by Circle Rep actors Conchata Ferrell and Lisa Pelikan to help create Circle Rep West for Company members living in LA. He produced their first production, On The Edge, a series of 10 original one-act plays in 1987, and Circle Rep West was launched.

In 1994 he left one desert for another by moving to Phoenix and immediately began to act and direct in the professional theater before being hired to teach acting and directing at Arizona State University. During the ten year period working for The Katherine K. Herberger School of theater, he acted in and directed many of the productions as well as being an advisor for student productions. He received the College of Fine Arts Award for Excellence in 1996, and in 1997 he created a highly acclaimed cable television course called Intro To Theater with Professor Danny. It introduced students from all over the world to theater history and the art of live theater performances. Professor Danny was given two awards by the ASU Extended Education School for Educator of the Year and was nominated as Teacher of The Year in 2000.

In 2004 he retired from teaching and moved to Mazatlan, Mexico, where he lives in a house high on a cliff overlooking the Sea of Cortes. Every spring and summer Daniel returns to New York for the theater and museum fix that carries him thru the winter in the tropics; however, this past spring he began discussions with other theater lovers in Mazatlan about the possibility of creating Theater By The Sea Mazatlan.