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DANIEL HENNING

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)
ASCAP

CURRENT POSITION:
The Blank Theatre, Noah Wyle - Artistic Producer

LA Drama Critics Circle Award, Ovation Award, LA Weekly Award,
NAACP Theatre Award-winning production company
Founding Artistic Director since 1990

TELEVISION

ROB DYRDEK'S FANTASY FACTORY - "LIVIN IT!" 
Writer & Director of "mini-musical" for Season 5 of this MTV reality series.

FILM

CRITIC’S CHOICE 
writer, director, producer of 30 minute film
Starring Veronica Cartwright & Raphael Sbarge
World Premiere – New York Independent Film & Video Festival

THEATRE  *  Nearly all productions below were also produced by Daniel Henning                    

SOMETHING TRULY MONSTROUS
Director
World Premiere
September - October 2015
Developed and direcetd the play about the night Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart stold John Barrymore's body and weny joyriding

THE WHY  
Director
September - October 2014
"CRITIC’S CHOICE!"  Los Angeles Times
Revival of play about School Shootings


THE COST OF THE ERECTION
Director
February - March 2012
Michael E. Knight leads the cast


DUSK RINGS A BELL  
Director
October - November 2011
"CRITIC’S CHOICE!"  Los Angeles Times
"GO!"  -LA Weekly
starring Thea Gill & Josh Randall


THE CRADLE WILL ROCK  [Photos]
Director/Choreographer
February - March 2011
"CRITIC’S CHOICE!"  Los Angeles Times
"GO!"  -LA Weekly
Rex Smith leads the cast
Three LA Weekly Award noms


SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE  [Video]  [Photos]
Director/Choreographer
April – May 2010
“Critic’s Choice” Los Angeles Times
Starring Jason Graae, Lesli Margherita
Three LA Weekly Award noms including "Best Director"

WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM  [Video]  [Photos]
Director
February – March 2010
“Critic’s Choice” Los Angeles Times
West Coast premiere of Christopher Durang’s comedy
starring Christine Estabrook, Alec Mapa, Rhea Seehorn
Three LA Weekly Award noms including "Best Director - Comedy"
LA Weekly Award winner - Female Comedic Performance - Christine Estabrook

SETUP & PUNCH  [Video]  [Photos]
Director
May – June 2009
The Blank Theatre Company at 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
“Critic’s Choice” – LA Times, LA Weekly, BackStage West
World Premiere Play by Mark Saltzman, Songs by Berton Averre & Rob Meurer
Three LA Weekly Award nominations including "Best Director - Musical"

SPEECH & DEBATE [Video]  [Photos]
Director
September – November 2008
The Blank Theatre Company at 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
“Critic’s Choice” – LA Times, LA Weekly, BackStage West, Daily News
West Coast Premiere starring Mae Whitman & Michael Welch

DICKIE & BABE  [Video]  [Photos]
Director/Writer
February – April 2008
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
“Critic’s Choice” – LA Times, LA Weekly, CBS Radio, LA Journal
BackStage West Garland Award nomination “Outstanding Adaptation”
Starring Michael Urie & Vicki Lewis
[See Video]

HOTEL C’EST L’AMOUR  [Photos]
Director/Conceiver
September – November 2006
The Blank Theatre Company at 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
“Critic’s Choice” – LA Times, LA Weekly, BackStage West
LA Weekly Award, Ovation Award, “Musicals of the Year” Ticketholder Award
World Premiere production of the music of Michael John LaChiusa with Vicki Lewis


LOBSTER ALICE  [Video]  [Photos]
Director
July – September 2006
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
“Recommended” – LA Times, LA Weekly
LA Drama Critics Circle Award, LA Weekly Award
Starring Noah Wyle & Nicholas Brendon


THE WILD PARTY  [Photos]
Director
October – December 2005
The Blank Theatre Company at The Hudson Theatre, LA
“Critic’s Choice” – LA Times, LA Weekly, BackStage West, Los Angeles Magazine
6 LA Drama Critics Circle Awards including Best Production, 4 NAACP Theatre Awards
including “Best Director” & “Best Production”, 7 BackStage West Garland Awards
including Best Production, 3 LA Weekly Awards

Starring Oscar nominee Sally Kellerman, Tony Award winner Daisy Eagan & Tony nominees Valarie Pettiford & Jane Lanier

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES  [Photos]
Director
February – March 2005
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
“Recommended” – LA Times, LA Weekly
Ovation Award nomination, 2 LA Weekly Award nominations

THE GIRLY SHOW
Director/Creator
May 2004
Lincoln Center, NYC – American Songbook Series
Celebration of the songs of Michael John LaChiusa. Starring Lea DeLaria, LaChanze,
Michelle Pawk, Carolee Carmello, Mary Testa, Jennifer Laura Thompson, and Kate Shindle.
“Top Live Show – Must see!” - Time Out New York

AS IS
Director
January – Feb 2004
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
First major Los Angeles revival of William M. Hoffman’s play
Top 10 Plays of the Year – Frontiers Magazine

MR. SHAW GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 
Director
April – May 2003
Laguna Playhouse Mainstage
World premiere by Mark Saltzman. Originally developed by The Blank Theatre Company
Starring Mala Powers, Nicolas Coster, Steven Gilborn & Peter Van Norden
OC Weekly Award

FILL IN THE BLANK
Director
Feb. – Mar. 2003
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
An evening of one-acts by David Ives
“Critic’s Choice” – Los Angeles Times

FIRST LADY SUITE
Director
Mar. — April, 2002
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
World premiere of rewritten version of the musical by Michael John LaChiusa
revised and new material created by Mr. LaChiusa and Mr. Henning
Three NAACP Theatre Award nominations including Best Director of a Musical
World Premiere Cast Album available on PS Classics

WHAT A PAIR!
Creator/Director
Feb. 2002
Benefit for the Breast Center at UCLA at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre, LA
Conceived the annual show of female duets from Broadway musicals with Joely Fisher, Deborah Harry,
Patricia Heaton, Ann Magnuson, Megan Mullally, Jean Smart, Rita Wilson and others.

PRECIOUS SONS
Director
Sept. – Oct., 2000
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
World premiere of rewritten version of the play by George Furth
Three BackStage West Garland Awards - Best Director, Best Performance
Starring Nora Dunn, Gregory Jbara, Adam Wylie

THE WHY
Director
Aug. – Sept., 2000
The Blank Theatre Company at The Hudson Theatre, LA
World premiere of a play about school shootings by a 19-year-old playwright
Ovation Award nomination-Best Writing –World Premiere
Starring Noah Wyle, James Marsters, Fred Savage

STARR STRUCK
Director/Choreographer 
Jan. – April, 1999
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
World premiere of a political satire musical revue
Ovation Award nomination
LA Drama Critics Circle Award nomination
Featured on: MSNBC, CNN Showbiz Today, CNBC, ABC, NBC, BBC, NHK, ABC (Australia)

HELLO AGAIN
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
West coast premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's musical
Three Ovation Award nominations including Best Musical
Three BackStage West Garland Awards
Starring Tony nominees Susan Egan & Alyson Reed, Richard Kline, Jennifer Leigh Warren

LOOT
Director
May - Aug. 1997
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
“noir” version of Joe Orton's dark comedy
Three Drama Logue Awards including Best Production, Best Director
BackStage West Garland Award
six Critic's Choice designations

1776
Director
Feb. - March 1997
Caswell Theatre LA
All female version of this almost all male musical
Choreographed by Oscar-winner and original 1776 choreographer Onna White

BREAKING THE CODE
Director
April - Aug. 1996
The Blank Theatre Company at The 2nd Stage Theatre, LA
Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award - Best Production
LA Weekly Award
Ovation Award nomination
Two Drama Logue Awards including Best Director
Starring Dennis Christopher and Jeremy Sisto

CHESS
Director/Adaptor
May - Aug. 1995
The Blank Theatre Company at The Hudson Theatre, LA
Los Angeles premiere
Two Ovation Awards - Best Actress & Best Actor in a Musical
Two LA Drama Critics Circle Awards - Lead Performance
Five Ovation Award nominations including Best Musical
Starring Tony nominees Marcia Mitzman-Gaven and Douglas Sills

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
Director
Sept. - Nov. 1994
The Blank Theatre Company at The Off Ramp Theatre, LA
Two Ovation Award nominations Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical
LA Weekly Award - Musical of the Year (includes “Best Director”)
Three Drama-Logue Awards - Direction, Production, Musical Direction
“Best of the Year” Los Angeles Times A complete Cast Album CD is available through amazon.com

WORKSHOPS
SIAMESE SEX SHOW with Erica Ash, Jon Huertas, Chris Williams
NOW VOYAGER (Disney/ASCAP) with Marcia Mitzman-Gaven and David Naughton
PRECIOUS SONS with Annette Bening, Daniel Baldwin and Johnny Galecki
DENNIS THE MENACE THE MUSICAL with Susan Egan, Paul Dooley and Marian Ross
SOCCER MOMS with Judith Ivey, Veanne Cox, and Laura Benanti (all Tony nominees)
CHESS with Patrick Cassidy and Kathleen Rowe McAllen (Tony nominee)
THE TOWER OF GREEN with Edward Asner & Molly Shannon (BTC Young Playwrights Festival)
UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS with Ricki Lake
THERE ARE NO MEN IN L.A. World Premiere by Constance M. Burge


TRAINING/EDUCATION
New York University Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Drama
David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Dario Fo, Elizabeth Swados

Circle in the Square
New York
Elinor Renfield, Alan Langdon, Ted Cornell, Jacqueline Brooks, Terese Hayden

American Conservatory Theatre
San Francisco
Annette Bening, William Ball, Alan Fletcher

OTHER RANDOM EXPERIENCE (in no particular order)
  • Chase Manhattan Bank New York - Produced the Profit/Loss report for Government Securities Division
  • Circle in the Square Theatre Downtown New York - Managed Off-Broadway theatre for a year
  • New World Television Los Angeles – Story Analyst
  • Acting Teacher Los Angeles - Scene Study and Text Analysis 
  • JFK Assassination Expert lectured at colleges and appeared numerous times on radio including: KFI (Los Angeles), KABC (Los Angeles), WABC (New York City), WMAL (Washington DC)
  • Georgetown University, Stanford University - Political Science sessions