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About Me

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dani.a.wieder@gmail.com

I am a director of physically adventurous performance and film in Chicago (by way of Los Angeles).  I work with puppetry, dance, video, movement, objects, and text to create live and filmed experiences exploring identity, attachment, and the relationship of both to the body. Recent theater credits include People in the Wind (Haven Theatre), In the Canyon by Calamity West (dramaturg, Jackalope Theatre), Still Hungry by Isaac Gomez (Jackalope Theatre), La Ronde (American Theatre Company, CORE), Josephine the Mouse Singer by Franz Kafka (Curious Theatre Branch, Rhinofest), Look Down, Keep Counting (The Runaways), MILEY CYRUS IS STILL TWERKING, OR I KNOW YOU by Calamity West (Women’s Theatre Alliance), Miss Julie and All choiceless She (University of Chicago).

I have assistant directed and dramaturged plays across Chicago at theaters such as at The Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Walkabout Theatre Company, Steep Theatre Company, The House Theatre, and Court Theatre. 

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. 

In Process

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

I am developing a puppet play with director Anna Gelman called The Lonesome Bodybuilder, adapted from the short story by Yukiko Motoya.

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