Dan O’Connor

         DOC News 2018-2019

Impro Theatre just finished a 10 month residency at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.  Performing 10 different genres over 40 shows from Sondheim  to Shakespeare UnScripted. Currently Dan is Co-Directing Play UnScripted at the Impro Studio. In addition this past year he has taught for Disney Animation, Art Center in Pasadena, The Dubai Fringe and The Other Theatre in Oslo, Norway.   He is presented at the Global Improv Initative at Chapman University and UC Irvine and at the Applied Improvisation Conference.

He will be teaching and performing for the Moment Festival in Vienna and the TORN Festival in Hamburg.

Recently he presented at

TEDx Napa Valley (Click on the YouTube logo on the right) and presented at iMedia's Summit connecting improvisation to digital storytelling and communication.


Theatrical                O'Neill Talent 818.566.7717

Commercial                   AKA 323.965.5600

Voice Over               Solid Talent 818-710-9904



Improvisation/Coaching                          Impro Theatre 323.401.6162

Corporate: Keynote/Training:       Live Arts Productions 415.382.7979

Dan O’Connor is a multi-faceted actor, improviser, writer and director.  Dan is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Impro Theatre.  He is a co-founder of BATS Improv in San Francisco and LA Theatresports.

His work with Impro Theatre includes theShakespeare UnScripted at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre @The Pasadena Playhouse, North Coast Rep, the Odyssey Theatre, the green show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Tennessee Williams UnScripted at South Coast Rep and the Odyessy Theatre, The Western UnScripted at the Falcon Theatre and Laguna Playhouse, Sondheim UnScripted at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and this fall at the Falcon Theatre, Jane Austen UnScripted and the 1966 Holiday Variety Extravaganza at the BROAD STAGE.

He performed in the Improbable Theatre’s production of Lifegame (Off-Broadway) and the SPIKE television series of the same name.  

Other Improv Credits include: The long running Wrought Irony at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, Pulp Playhouse at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and as a guest star with the Second City at the Murphy’s Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny Ireland, The Groundlings Cookin’ with Gas and Crazy Uncle Joe Show, OFF THE WALL at the Improv and the Danny O’Connor Christmas Show at the Comedy Central Stage.

Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, Horatio, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Peer Gynt at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the world premiere of Making Noise Quietly (Directed by Dennis Erdman) at the Taper Too in Los Angeles, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at A Noise Within (for which he won the Dramalogue Award for Best Actor), Ferdinand in The Tempest at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Joey in Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming at The New Conservatory in San Francisco.

He recently co-directed and starred in the smash hit Jane Austen UnScripted at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica

He has been a guest director and instructor for the Austin Comedy Festivals BS3 and 4 as well as Out of Bounds, The Yes And Festival in New York, The Lighten Up Theatre Fest  in Kansas City, the Calgary and Vancouver International Improvisation Festivals.

He has taught for the Writers Program at the UCLA extension. DUKE and Pepperdine Universities.  He was an adjunct professor for USC ‘s BFA program and has also taught in the MBA Program for the University of Texas McCoombs School of Business.

He has coached the Cirque du Soleil casts of Salitimbanco and Corteo, Zumanity, and LOVE.

His training includes the American Conservatory Theater and extensive work with Keith Johnstone (Author of Impro) since 1986. He is a graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.


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Dan directing ABC's Sons and Daughters

Dan at TEDxNapaValley

"Improvising A Better World"

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