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About Me

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dani.a.wieder@gmail.com

I am a director of theater, performance, and film in Chicago (by way of Los Angeles).  I work with movement, objects, and text to create experiences which allow viewers to explore together questions of identity, attachment, and the body.

In addition to directing, I serve as the Literary Manager of Haven Chicago. Committed to challenging process and genre, I create artist-driven infrastructure in which to develop new interdisciplinary work by Chicago artists. I also dramaturg plays and performance both with and outside of Haven.

I am a graduate of University of Chicago, where I studied Theater and Performance Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. My thesis, which explored the evolution of the performer-spectator relationship in relation to the history of bodies under capitalism ("The Value in Objecthood: Transforming Spectatorship Through Objectification") was the recipient of the 2016 Theater and Performance Studies Award and the Dean's Fund Grant. I am continuing my research on the politics of spectatorship through my directorial pursuits and writing. Check out my newest article on HowlRound Theatre Commons!

In Process

I am directing a short film by Calamity West, called Cool for Five Seconds. More info here.

I am the associate director for The 10th Fly Honey Show.

Awards // Fellowships

2018/2019 Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership Class, SDCF 

2016 Theater and Performance Studies Award for Artistic and Academic Excellence, University of Chicago

Training

2019 Chicago Director’s Lab